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New state law: Hooisers may not hold cellphones while driving

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Published on July 13, 2020 with No Comments

by Annette Arnold

Driving while holding a cellphone is now illegal in Indiana.  New laws were passed July 1. This is part of House Enrolled Act 1070. Hoosiers can no longer hold their cellphone or tablet and drive. This is part of the hands free Indiana Program. Indiana joins 21 other states now prohibiting drives from holding their cellphones while driving.

Indiana has had a law in place since 2011 prohibiting people from texting and driving but Indiana’s Governor Holcomb wanted to make the roads safer and made it part of his legislature this year to ban cellphone use while driving. According to In.gov and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, states that have passed these hands-free laws have seen a decrease in traffic deaths in two years.

Drivers can still use their devices if the vehicle is stopped. Drivers can still use their phones using BlueTooth or other hands-free devices. And they can use the phone in an emergency situation to call 911.

Violators can be fined up to $500 if found using their cellphone while driving. Repeat offenders can lose their driver’s license.

Another law that has gone into effect involves cigarette sales.  Stores can face double the fines if they are caught selling tobacco products to anyone younger than age 21.

A new marriage law is also in affect. The new law allows 16- or 17- year olds to marry.

The previous age was 15 in Indiana. But the teens must get a judge’s approval.

For more information on new laws in Indiana visit www.in.gov.

 

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