New Law regarding holding a cell phone while driving
Effective July 1, 2020, Indiana is replacing its law restricting texting while driving with a much broader law prohibiting a driver from using or even holding a phone while operating a moving motor vehicle. The exception is that calling 911 is allowed to report a bona fide emergency. Hands free or voice operated technology is still permitted. The Bureau of Motor Vehicles will not assess points for violating this law until July 1, 2021. Nevertheless, you can be stopped starting this July 1 and assessed fines and court costs for using or even holding a telecommunications device. The traffic stop under certain circumstances also could result in an investigation leading to a search of your person and vehicle. Therefore, drivers need to put their phones away starting July 1, 2020.
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