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Indiana House approves bill banning texting while driving


Wednesday, February 3, 2010
The Governors Highway Safety Association says 19 states have outlawed texting while driving, and six prohibit using hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. (AP photo)
The Governors Highway Safety Association says 19 states have outlawed texting while driving, and six prohibit using hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel. (AP photo)

INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana House has passed a bill that would ban texting or sending e-mails while driving.

The House voted 95-3 for the bill Tuesday and sent it to the Senate for consideration. Supporters say it would save lives.

It would make transmitting text messages or e-mails while driving a Class C infraction with a possible fine of $500.

Lawmakers enacted a law last year that prohibits drivers younger than 18 from using cell phones or other telecommunication devices while driving. This year’s House bill does not cover drivers 18 or over talking on cell phones.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says 19 states have outlawed texting while driving, and six prohibit using hand-held cell phones while behind the wheel.

Kevin Jones of The Trucker staff can be reached for comment at kevinj@thetrucker.com.

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