Texting Ban Legislation Goes To The House For Consideration

By Maureen Mespell
By Scott Sarvay
By John W. Davis

February 18, 2011 Updated Feb 18, 2011 at 7:42 PM EDT

INDIANA (Indiana’s NewsCenter) - A proposed statewide ban on texting and driving has cleared the State Senate and now goes to the House for consideration.

"There's no sense in people endangering their lives for a text message. People are 23 times more likely to be involved in an accident if they're texting while driving," said AT&T Indiana President George Fleetwood.

The bill says you cannot send or receive a text or email on a telecommunications device while you're operating a moving vehicle.

"This bill is not about individual liberties. This is about public safety. It's not so much the dangers you pose to yourself but the dangers you pose to others," said Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller.

You can if you're at a stop light or stop sign, or pulled off to the side of the road.

However, police could stop you for texting, alone.

“If an officer sees that you're texting or suspects that you're texting, they can stop you and a ticket can be written for that, a Class C infraction," said Indiana Republican State Senator Travis Holdman.

The current law says teenagers 18 and younger, are not allowed to use cell phones or text while driving.

The texting ban bill still needs to be passed by the Indiana State House of Representatives.

Holdman said Governor Mitch Daniels has assured him, that he will sign the bill into law, if it passes.

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