(Indianapolis, Ind.) – The Indiana Department of Transportation is adding warnings about the state's ban on texting while driving to electronic signs on Hoosier highways.
State Senator Travis Holdman (R-Markle) says despite some early pushback from police on enforcement, the law is working.
“There are tickets that are being written. As we’ve talked with law enforcement officers around the state an issue had to do with enforcement. They don’t believe it’s turning out to be an issue for them after all,” said Holdman, who sponsored the bill that was passed by the state legislature earlier this year.
The warnings about the ban on texting and the dangers of doing so started flashing on the interstates this week and will continue through September 25, according to RTV 6 in Indianapolis.
The messages will read: “No texting while driving, it’s the law" and "Arrive alive. Don’t text and drive.”
The texting ban took effect July 1. It does not make it illegal for a person to be having a conversation on their phone, dialing a number, or browsing the Internet while driving.
Holdman said the texting while driving ban is working and tickets are being written despite early worries from police they wouldn't know if a person was texting or dialing the phone.
Drivers who are ticketed for texting while driving face a possible fine up to $500 for the first offense.