Cell phones and smartphones are great devices to keep us connected with the rest of the world. But sometimes we’re tempted to keep in touch even while we’re driving. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, about 1,060 people are injured and about nine people die each day in the United States in car accidents involving distracted drivers. The federal government and the State of Indiana have enacted laws seeking to reduce these injuries and fatalities.
The federal government has banned texting while driving for certain drivers:
- In 2009, President Barack Obama signed an executive order that prohibits all federal employees from texting while driving on government business or while using government equipment.
- In 2010, the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration barred all commercial vehicle drivers from texting while driving.
- Handheld cell phone ban. Indiana law currently does not have a handheld cell phone ban. Indiana is in the majority, as only 12 states have enacted bans on handheld cell phone use.
- School bus drivers. Unlike other states, there is no ban on cell phone use by school bus drivers.
- Novice drivers. Drivers under the age of 18 are subject to a complete cell phone ban. A violation is a primary offense, meaning that no other offense must have occurred for the police to stop the driver.
- Text Messaging. Indiana law prohibits all drivers from texting while driving. A violation is a primary offense.
Injured by a distracted driving? Get the damages you deserve. Contact an Indiana auto accident law firm today.