Texting-while-driving law set to start July 1

May 12, 2011

Beginning July 1, it will be illegal for drivers in Indiana to text while behind the wheel. Gov. Mitch Daniels on Wednesday signed legislation prohibiting the use of any hand-held telecommunications device to type, transmit, or read text messages or e-mail while operating a moving motor vehicle. Offenders could face fines up to $500. "Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times more likely to be involved in a collision serious enough to cause injury," said Ryan Klitzsch, Indiana Criminal Justice Institute Traffic Safety Division Director.