(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Texting while driving could become illegal for everyone in Indiana.
State Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle) has filed a bill that would prohibit both texting at the wheel. Drivers could still use their hands to dial a number, but would have to use a Bluetooth earpiece or speakerphone to talk.
Holdman authored similar legislation in 2009 which prohibits drivers under 18 from using a cell phone or electronic device when commanding a vehicle. That law has since gone into effect.
AT&T Indiana President George Fleetwood and Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller joined Holdman at the Statehouse Thursday to announce the legislation.
“You don’t have a right to drive a two-ton vehicle on the highways while your distracted trying to text,” said Zoeller.
“It’s a foolhearted practice at best and we thought worse. That’s why we are supporting a ban on texting while driving,” Fleetwood said.