July 6, 2011
A new Indiana law banning texting while driving went into effect last Friday, and the Indy Star reports that authorities ticketed one of the first offenders after he drove through building in Richmond, Indiana.
The accident occurred around 12:30 PM Tuesday, as the 21-year-old driver headed south on Chester Boulevard. The young man told police he was texting and driving when his Chevrolet sedan crossed the center line into oncoming traffic and jumped a curb. The car went through the front wall of a medical equipment company, traveling about 50 feet through the building before smashing through the other side. A witness told police that the vehicle was going “pretty fast,” and she initially thought the driver was having a seizure. Luckily, no one was injured in the accident. The driver was ticketed for operation of a handheld communication device while operating a mobile vehicle, making him one of the first individuals to be cited under the new ban.
Distracted driving has become a leading cause of vehicle fatalities in recent years, killing as many people as speeding and drunk driving.
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