In March 2020, Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1070 into law. The law is intended to address distracted driving associated with cell phone use. It will go into effect on July 1, 2020.
Cell Phone Use Law for Indiana Drivers
The law bans drivers from using or holding a mobile phone while operating a motor vehicle. The only exceptions are if the driver is using hands-free technology (like Bluetooth) or if the driver needs to call 911 due to an emergency. Violation of this law results in a Class C infraction with fines of up to $500.
Indiana already has a ban on texting while driving. As the many survivors of distracted driving collisions who testified in favor of the bill would attest, it’s important to pay attention to your surroundings while behind the wheel. Distracted driving can lead to devastating consequences. Is answering that call really worth the potential harm the distraction could cause?
Put Your Phone Down!
Texting or being distracted by your phone during an accident could lead to a reckless driving charge. If this action results in the death of another individual, vehicular manslaughter charges can also be possible. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reports that 2,841 individuals died due to accidents caused by distracted driving in 2018.
Texts, calls, and notifications can all distract you while you’re on the road. Put your phone on silent/driving mode or consider turning it off while driving. If you travel frequently and need to talk on the phone while driving, invest in a cradle or Bluetooth technology to make it easy for you to talk hands free.
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