Indiana Struggles To Enforce New Texting-Driving Ban
According to news sources, the state of Indiana is struggling to enforce its newly implemented ban on texting while driving, with police blaming the difficulty on how the law was drafted and written.
The ban went into effect July 1, 2011, stating that it was against the law for drivers to use any sort of hand-held device for the purpose of transmitting, reading or writing while behind the wheel of a moving car. However, by December 9, the law only resulted in 46 citations and 40 warnings in the whole state during the period of its enforcement, with some cities such as Muncie failing to issue a single citation.
Officials blame how the law is written, since officers are not permitted to confiscate cellphone devices of motorists being prosecuted for violating the ban.
As a Los Angeles personal injury attorney, I have seen many instances of distracted driving cause severe devastation both to those who participate in activities such as texting while driving, as well as those who are victims of crashes caused by distracted drivers. As a car accident lawyer Los Angeles, I encourage you to put away your phone when you drive, or invest in a hands-free device that will allow you to communicate legally.