Rep. Fyre reminds Hoosiers to put down the phone

first_imgStatewide—Drivers in Indiana should know it is illegal to hold a cellphone or electronic devices while behind the wheel. Beginning July 1, Indiana Drivers will no longer be able to use cell phones while driving. In early 2020 Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law banning the use of cell phones while driving.The new measure specifies, however, that it will be legal for drivers to use phones if they’re mounted on a vehicle’s dashboard or in hands-free mode.Drivers will be able to hold and use a mobile device when their vehicle is stopped.State Representative Randy Frye stated that distracted driving puts the driver, passengers, and others on the road at risk. Distractions are the root cause of nine deaths every day in the United States. Starting next month, drivers caught violating this law could receive a fine for each infraction. To help drivers adjust their behaviors behind the wheel, they will not receive points against their driver’s licenses for 12 months.Disengaging ourselves from our electronic devices while driving is the newest behavioral challenge society faces to improving road safety. A few decades earlier, seat belt legislation passed to improve driver safety. It took time to change the mindset of drivers. Today, most people put on their seat belts without hesitation. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says wearing a seat belt reduces the risk of death by 45% and cuts the risk of serious injury by 50%.As Indiana continues its “Back on Track” plan more drivers are returning to the road. Along with watching our speed, driving sober and wearing a seat belt, it is just as important to eliminate distractions, put the phone away and make our roads safer. Let’s be mindful of our actions when we drive. While this new law goes into effect July 1, we can start practicing these safer habits now.last_img read more