Indiana Texting Bill Narrowly Clears Legislature

by Rick Howlett on April 29, 2011

From the Associated Press

The Indiana Senate has narrowly given final legislative approval to a bill that would make it illegal for drivers to send or read text messages.

The Senate voted 26-24 today in favor of the bill after several senators argued that the ban wouldn’t be enforceable because officers may not be able to tell whether a driver is texting or making a call.

A compromise version earlier approved by the House removed a Senate-passed provision that would have also banned making cell phone calls while driving.

Violators of the texting ban would face a maximum fine of $500.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mitch Daniels.

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