On July 1, 2020, a new law will take effect that bans the use of mobile phones while operating a motor vehicle, subject to a few narrow exceptions.  The law provides that a person may not hold or use a cellular device while operating a moving motor vehicle.

The following actions are excepted from the ban on the use of mobile phones. A person may hold or use a cell phone to call 911 in an emergency.  A person may also use their phone in conjunction with a Bluetooth or “hands-free” device.  Finally, a person may also hold a phone while their vehicle is at a complete stop.

The new law takes effect as a growing number of states wish to draw attention to the hazards presented by texting and driving. Currently, 21 states have similar laws on their books.  The statute does not directly address penalties.  All drivers should be prepared to comply with the new law by July 1, 2020.

 

This article provides a brief summary of Indiana’s new Distracted Driving law. The information contained herein does not constitute legal advice, nor does it establish an attorney/client relationship. If you have any questions with regard to the new law, please contact the attorneys at Hodges and Davis.

Hodges & Davis- June 2020

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