If you are driving a motor vehicle in Indiana, you probably want the other drivers on the road to be paying attention. Distracted driving leads to thousands of accidents, some of which have been fatal here in Indiana.
Using a cell phone while driving is one of the most common forms of distracted driving. People use their phones to text and make phone calls while driving; however, these actives may not be legal to engage in while driving.
What is Distracted Driving?
According to in.gov, “distracted driving is any non-driving activity a motorist engages in that has the potential to distract him or her from the primary task of driving.” Distracted Driving.
Examples of activities that constitute distracted driving include the use of cell phones while driving, including texting and talking on the phone. Id.
Texting and Driving
In Indiana, texting and driving is not allowed for anyone, regardless of age. Texting while driving presents a plethora of issues including the driver no longer looking at the road or keeping their hands on the wheel. Id.
In.gov asserts that, “people who text while driving are 23 times more likely to crash,” and have a much slower reaction time than people who were not texting while driving, thus increasing the risk of potential accidents for themselves and the other drivers on the road. Id.
If pulled over while texting and driving, you could be facing a $500 fine.
Talking on the Phone and Driving
If you are under 18 years old, the only time you can make a phone call while driving is to call 911 in an emergency situation. This cell phone ban includes using hands-free devices as well.
Otherwise, if you are over 18, you may speak on your phone and drive. However, be aware that each year new bills are proposed to amend distracted driver laws, and there is a chance Indiana will follow other states examples and impose an all-encompassing statewide ban on using a cell phone while driving.
If you are confused or unsure if you can use your cell phone in a certain situation, or if you want to know if the laws have been updated, contact us at Hayes Law Office and we can answer all of your questions.