Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting on July 01, 2020 under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving.
Indiana is the 22nd state to prohibit drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while operating a moving vehicle. People violating the law after it takes effect on July 1 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.
Texting while driving is currently banned in Indiana.
Once the new law goes into effect, even touching your cell phone while driving is a violation of the law. You must be stopped to touch or have your cell phone in hand as a driver.
“Distracted driving kills, and we need a cultural shift in order to save lives,” Rep. Holli Sullivan of Evansville said. “Most of us are guilty of using our phones while driving, and we all need to do a better job of putting our devices down and focusing on the road.” Representative Sullivan authored the new law.
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