May 4, 2011 | Blog
The Indiana State Senate narrowly passed a bill last Friday that would make it illegal for drivers to text while operating a motor vehicle.
Although there has been a session-long debate as to whether the bill should include banning cell phone use in addition to texting, the final bill was a modified version of a bill that cleared the state House and banned all cell phone use while operating a motor vehicle. The modified bill passed with a very tight vote of 26-24.
It has been sent to Governor Mitch Daniels for his signature and is expected to go into effect July 1.
The measure extends to drivers of all ages. It is currently illegal in Indiana for drivers younger than 18 to use cell phones for any reason while behind the wheel.
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