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Indiana House OKs bill to ban texting while driving

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Indiana drivers would not be allowed to send or read text messages on mobile phones under legislation that's cleared the Indiana House.

The Republican-controlled House voted 85-11 Tuesday for the bill extending the state's current texting ban for drivers younger than 18 to drivers of all ages. The bill would also ban people from reading or sending e-mails on their phones while operating a moving vehicle, although hands-free technology would be allowed. The penalty would be up to $500.

Opponents questioned how police would determine whether someone was texting or simply dialing a phone number. Others fear a texting ban is a first step to an outright ban on mobile phone use in cars.

Supporters said the ban would prevent distracted driving and could save lives.

The bill moves to the GOP-led Senate for consideration.

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