No more texting while driving?
Law goes into effect this week, but ban may prove difficult to enforce
After July 1, don't “LOL” while your car is in drive. A new bill that goes into effect Friday will prohibit typing, sending or reading a text or e-mail while operating a moving vehicle in Indiana.
Currently, a South Bend ordinance bans minors from texting and driving, but the state bill will extend the law to cover all Indiana drivers.
When the bill takes effect, police will be able to ticket a driver solely for texting while driving. The citation could come with a fine up to $500.
” While the law prevents texting and e-mailing, it will not prevent talking on a cell phone, typing phone numbers, browsing the Internet or surfing through phone apps while driving. The bill also does not prohibit drivers from texting and e-mailing when stopped at a stoplight or stop sign, and law enforcement cannot confiscate a cell phone to check if a driver was actually texting.
With the law in place, Indiana will become the 32nd state to ban texting while driving for all drivers. A similar ban took effect in Michigan in June 2010
“It can be easily compared to driving a vehicle while impaired,” he said. Redman said dangerous driving always will be a warning sign for a police officer. The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute reported driver distractions caused more than 7,800 collisions on Indiana roads in 2009.
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