Using Cellphone While Driving
INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Drivers are now banned from using mobile devices on Indiana roads under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving as reported by Fox59 News
Holcomb signed the measure Wednesday, making Indiana the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while operating a moving vehicle.
People who violates the law can be fined up to $500 and potentially lose their driver’s license if violations are repeated.
“Distracted driving increases the risk of a crash by more than 3½ times and is a leading killer of teenagers in America. This is unacceptable and avoidable,” Holcomb said.
Touching a phone to, for example, check the weather or look at a photo while driving will be banned. The new measure specifies, however, that it will be legal for drivers to use phones if they’re mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard or in hands-free mode.
Drivers will be able to hold and use a mobile device when their vehicle is stopped.
Republican state Rep. Holli Sullivan of Evansville, who authored the new law, said she hopes police issue written warnings for about a year to educate drivers before issuing citations.
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