New Law Takes Effect July 1
During the 2020 legislative session, the Indiana General Assembly passed House Bill 1070 which addresses distracted driving and takes affect July 1.
Hoosier motorists will now be required to use hands-free or voice-operated technology if using a cellphone when behind the wheel. This new law does not prevent you from making an emergency call to 911 while driving and will help us all safely get to our destinations.
Summary of HB 1070:
Provides that, except in certain circumstances, a person may not hold or use a telecommunications device while operating a moving motor vehicle. Removes prohibitions on typing, transmitting, or reading a text message or an electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle. Provides that the bureau may not assess points under the point system for a violation occurring before July 1, 2021.
Prohibits drivers from holding or using a handheld mobile device while operating a moving vehicle. People violating the law after it takes effect on July 1 can be fined up to $500 and potentially lose their driver’s license if violations are repeated. Once the new law takes effect, touching a phone to, for example, check the weather or look at a photo while driving will be banned. 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.
To read the actual bill go to: http://iga.in.gov/legislative/2020/bills/house/1070