Texting and Driving ban

Are Indiana Drivers Really Safer With Texting Ban?

by fst | October 12th, 2011

October 11, 2011

Since a texting ban on Indiana drivers took effect earlier this year, it would seem, that with only two tickets being issued for infractions of the law in Vigo County in more than three months, Indiana drivers are safer because of the law. Some Police department officials and citizens are saying the law is too difficult to enforce, and that that is the cause for low ticket numbers.

According to the Tribune-Star, the county’s two tickets were issued July 9 and September 12, The first at 1:00 AM on Third and Washington Street and the second at 8:00 AM on Third and Walnut Street. Both violations were classified as Class-C Infractions that carried a $120 fine for a first time offender. While the law has obviously raised public awareness of the dangers that texting while driving poses, many feel the law would be more effective if there was a better way to enforce it.

As of now, Police cannot look at a potential violators phone to see if messages were being sent, and texting cannot be the reason an officer pulls the vehicle over. Therefore, all a driver would allegedly have to do is exit message mode or turn off their phone before being pulled over to avoid a ticket.

The Indiana Auto Accident Attorneys with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin would like your opinion. Has the law been effective in reducing drivers participating in the act, or are drivers just hiding it better? Tell us what you think on our Facebook page.

Texting And Driving Banned In Indiana After July 1

by fst | June 22nd, 2011

June 22, 2011

After June 30th, you had better think again about sending someone a text message if you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. According to The Tribune Star, Indiana’s distracted driving law is undergoing some major overhauls that take effect July 1.

It will now be illegal to type, send, or read a text message or e-mail while operating a motor vehicle, punishable by a fine of up to $500. Current distracted driving laws prohibit drivers less than 18 years of age from operating any wireless device while behind the wheel.

Officers are finding that it will be a difficult law to enforce due to the many uses of cell phones today as calendars, music players, and other various functions. It is up to an individual officer’s discretion whether an infraction has occurred. Law prohibits authorities from confiscating a phone to see recent activity.

The wording of the law has many worried that it may not be effective, as it still allows talking on the phone and using the phone for numerous other applications such as video games or browsing the internet.

These activities can be just as dangerous as texting and driving and can just as easily lead to an accident that hurts yourself or someone else. The Indiana Auto Accident Lawyers with Fleschner, Stark, Tanoos & Newlin may be able to help you if you were hurt because of someone else’s negligent driving.