(Indianapolis, Ind.) - Indiana is just a couple legislative steps away from expanding a ban on texting while driving.
The bill passed the Senate 29-20 Tuesday and now heads to a conference committee to combine with a similar bill that has already passed the House. The bill must be merged before going to the desk of the Governor to be signed into law.
The senate bill expands the ban to restrict all use of cell phones – texting or talking – by drivers of all ages. Indiana’s current texting law only applies to drivers under 18.
Sen. Brent Steele (R-Bedford) added the amendment banning talking on cell phones because, he argued, police officers enforcing the law would not be able to tell the difference of a person texting or dialing.
Bill sponsor Sen. Travis Holdman (R-Markle) said banning texting while driving will improve road safety by reducing driver distractions.
At least thirty other states have implemented similar texting while driving bans.