Officials are reporting that more car crashes related to texting and driving have happened across Indiana in 2020 than crashes associated with drinking and driving.
This is why the “Hands Free Law” is going into effect on July 1 to help authorities better crack down on distracted driving.
The law simply says a drive cannot hold the phone while the vehicle is moving. However, drivers will not be fined for being on their cell phones while at stop lights in Indiana.
For those who have to make a call while driving, there are still options for that. If possible, pull over to a parking lot. If not possible, use Bluetooth and a car mount to make those calls.
If people are caught driving with a cellphone in hand starting on July 1st, they could face a fine of up to $500.
Several other states across the country have already put hands-free driving laws in place, including Illinois.
Authorities say the impact those states have seen has been tremendous and have seen a reduction in highway fatalities by 15%.