Law enforcement applauds proposed cell phone ban for motorists

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EVANSVILLE, Ind. (AP) - Law enforcement agencies in Indiana are applauding a bill that would expand the ban on texting while driving to a ban on using the cell phones for any reason while behind the wheel.

The bill authored by State Rep. Holli Sullivan of Evansville cleared the Roads and Transportation Committee this week and is expected to pass.

If it does, it would make it easier for police to write tickets because they would no longer have to prove someone is texting.

Using the phone for any reason, whether it's to play a game or search for a phone number, would be illegal.

This is the summary of HB 1070:

Provides that a person may not hold or use a telecommunications device in the driver's seat of a motor vehicle while the motor vehicle is in motion unless the device is used in conjunction with hands free or voice operated technology or used to call 911 to report a bona fide emergency. Removes prohibitions on typing, transmitting, or reading a text message or an electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle. Makes conforming changes.

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