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Indiana State Police issues almost 200 warnings in first month of hands-free law

Do you text and drive? Your car insurance may go up
Posted at 11:45 AM, Aug 04, 2020

INDIANAPOLIS — The new state law prohibiting Hoosiers from holding their phone while driving began on July 1.

Indiana State Police troopers wasted no time in making sure Hoosiers knew about the hands-free law. Numbers indicate a stark contrast from the state's 2011 "Distracted Driving" law that was said to be unenforceable by officers.

Now, a driver who gets caught by the police on their phone texting, browsing the internet, accessing maps, or nearly any other reason is subject to a fine of up to $500.

In the laws first month, ISP handed out approximately 191 warnings and 13 citations.

Cellphone usage while driving must be hands-free or voice-operated. A driver is allowed to use a handheld phone in an emergency.