July 1st – Be Aware

A new law that requires Indiana motorists to use hands-free or voice-operated tech when using a cellphone while driving begins July 1.

According to Indiana State Police, Making a phone call while driving may increase your odds of being in a crash by as much as 400%. Typing or reading a text takes your eyes off the road an average of five seconds. If you drive 55 mph, you will travel the length of a football field in that same period.

Gov. Eric Holcomb signed House Bill 1070 into law in March. 

The new law does not prevent a driver from making an emergency call to 911 while driving and will help us all safely get to our destinations.

Anyone who violates the law could be fined up to $500 and potentially lose their driver’s license if violations are repeated.

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