Will Texting & Driving Ruling Have Far Reaching Implications?

By Jeff Neumeyer

August 29, 2013 Updated Aug 29, 2013 at 5:44 PM EDT

INDIANA, (www.incnow.tv) --- A court ruling out of New Jersey could have big implications for people who recklessly send text messages to people they know are driving a car at the time.

An appeals court in that state has ruled in principle that you can be held liable in a car accident, if the driver at fault was receiving texts from you, and you were aware they were behind the wheel.

Indiana State Police say it could set a precedent for other locations around the country.

" We know we live in a very litigious society, so that possibly exists. I can't say that it will happen in each and every case, but that's something for motorists to think about, the minute they pick up that phone and start pushing those buttons while they're driving down the roadway," said Sgt. Ron Galaviz, from the Ft. Wayne State Police Post.

Between July 1, 2011 and July 1, 2013, police agencies in Indiana wrote 752 citations for texting and driving.

That two-year period followed creation of the law in the Hoosier state.

Fines can run up to $500.00 per violation.

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