Indiana Bans Holding Cell Phones While Driving

Effective July 1st, Indiana will become the 22nd state to ban drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while driving a vehicle. Indiana Governor, Eric Holcomb, signed the statewide legislation into law just this month citing the statistic that, “distracted driving increases the risk of a crash by more than 3.5 times and is a leading killer of teenagers in America.” Holcomb feels that this statistic is unacceptable and avoidable.

Fines and License Revocation Await Violators of Cell Phone Ban while Driving

Those found in violation of the new law face fines of up to $500 and repeat offenders risk losing their license. Though Indiana currently has a ban on texting while driving, law enforcement has found it hard to enforce. The new law allows phones to be mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard or used in hands-free mode. The law does have an exception for dialing 911 during an emergency situation.

Distracted driving costs lives in Indiana. The AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety’s 2017 Traffic Culture Survey revealed that 45% of drivers admit to reading a text or email while driving and 35% say they typed and sent a message in the previous 30 days! In fact, there are now more crashes related to texting and driving than drinking and driving.

This new law is a welcome and necessary step to protect all Hoosiers and to keep Indiana roads safe from distracted driving. At Keller & Keller, our Indianapolis car accidnet lawyers have represented hundreds of clients who have been victims of accidents caused by distracted driving and cell phone use.

Distracted Driving Statistics: an Infographic

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