Pressel: new law prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices while driving

State Rep. Jim Pressel

Starting Wednesday, July 1 motorists will be prohibited from holding their electronic devices while driving, except when using hands-free technology like Bluetooth, State Rep. Jim Pressel is reminding residents. Indiana joins 21 other states with similar commonsense legislation that is enforceable, teachable and easily understood, Pressel said.

“Each day, nine Americans are killed as a result of distracted driving. It is also one of the top killers of teenagers, responsible for more than 58 percent of teen crashes,” he said. “While Indiana has prohibited texting while driving for some time now, it’s clear the law needed to be strengthened in order to prevent deaths and injuries on our roads.”

With this new law, drivers cannot hold or use their phones while the vehicle is in motion. Drivers who are stopped at a traffic light, pulled over, parked or dialing 9-1-1 for emergencies are able to use their phone in full capacity without breaking the law.

5 Responses to “Pressel: new law prohibits drivers from holding electronic devices while driving”

  1. jim

    Jun 29. 2020

    Another stupid law

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  2. Randy

    Jun 29. 2020

    Too bad the need for the law exists. As with so many things, people are not smart enough to do the wise and proper thing. Difficult to enforce like so many other laws.

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  3. deb

    Jun 29. 2020

    I watched a young lady recover from a cell phone call she placed while driving . It was horrifying . She doesn’t remember her husband or children . It is as good as it gets at this point . I don’t think laws are stupid I think people are stupid . They cause the laws for the most part.

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  4. lawman

    Jun 29. 2020

    finally!! and should be no harder to enforce that the seat belt law

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