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Indiana drivers holding cellphones now face license penalties

Driving a Car
Posted at 1:30 PM, Jul 31, 2021
and last updated 2021-07-31 13:32:45-04

INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — Indiana motorists caught using handheld cellphones while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle now face increased penalties for breaking state law.

A law banning drivers' cellphone use to combat distracted driving took effect in July 2020, allowing tickets of up to $500 against violators but it delayed by a year any state Bureau of Motor Vehicles points toward a driver’s license suspension.

Over 15,000 tickets and citations were handed out during the law's first year.

The BMV says such violations will now result in four points against a driver’s license.

License suspensions start once a driver has accumulated 20 points within a two-year period.

Drivers also face additional points for speeding in school or construction zones.