Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Governor Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving.
Holcomb signed the measure Wednesday, making Indiana 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 1st can be fined up to $500 and potentially lose their driver’s license if violations are repeated.
Texting while driving is currently banned in Indiana, but law enforcement has found it difficult to enforce.
Once the new law takes effect, touching a phone to, for example, check the weather or look at a photo while driving will be banned. The new measure specifies, however, that it will be legal for drivers to use phones if they’re mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard or in hands-free mode.
Drivers will be able to hold and use a mobile device when their vehicle is stopped.
One provision of the law states that motorists who are ticketed before July 1st, 2021 for using a cellphone while driving will not receive points on their license, which can lead to license suspension.
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