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Texting and Driving Ban Approved by House

February 3, 2010

Tuesday the Indiana House of Representatives passed a bill that would ban texting for Indiana drivers. The bill, authored by Representative Joe Pearson of Hartford City, aims to expand on the current ban that only applies to drivers under the age of eighteen. Those who questioned the legislation, like Representative David Wolkins of Winona Lake, said they see no reason for the bill.

“Last Friday a new industry study was found that state laws banning the use of handheld devices to make calls and text messages while driving has not resulted in fewer vehicle crashes.”

Representative Vanessa Summers of Indianapolis voiced the opinion of many supporters of the bill by saying the bill will cause drivers to think before using their mobile device while driving. Eighteen states and the District of Columbia already have ban texting while driving.

-Brian Flood

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