Many have seen drivers swerve in and out of lanes, stall at green lights, or slam on their brakes due to their eyes being off the road or their hands being off the wheel. Proposed legislation would prohibit the use of hand-held electronic devices while driving, except when using hands-free technology like Bluetooth.
Under this proposal, Hoosier drivers would not be able to hold a cell phone or electronic communication device while driving. However, a motorist could still use a device to make calls in hands-free mode or in place of a GPS on the dash of their vehicle.
Each day, nine Americans are killed as a result of distracted driving. It is also one of the top killers of teenagers, responsible for more than 58 percent of teen crashes. There are 21 states with similar hands-free device driving laws.
Texting is by far the most alarming distraction. Sending or reading a text takes a person’s eyes off the road for five seconds and while travelling at 55 mph, that is the equivalent of driving the length of an entire football field. Any non-driving activity engaged in while driving is a potential distraction and increases your risk of crashing.
While Indiana already prohibits texting while driving, it is difficult to enforce. This is a simple but effective way to strengthen the current law. It provides clarity for drivers, law enforcement and prosecutors.
Studies conclusively show how dangerous distracted driving is, yet drivers continue to use their devices, including scrolling through social media feeds and playing games, placing everyone in danger.
There will be a comprehensive and statewide educational campaign to inform Hoosiers about this proposed law, if it is enacted.
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