Pressel: Bill taking aim at distracted driving heads to governor

Posted by: Jessica Bruder  | Thursday, March 12, 2020

STATEHOUSE (March 12, 2020) – A hands-free driving proposal, co-authored by State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie), could soon become law.

Pressel said the legislation would prohibit driving while holding a cell phone or other electronic device while driving. He said distracted driving is a danger to others, with nine Americans killed each day because of it

"I think everyone can agree that distracted driving is dangerous," Pressel said. "However, many still use their phones behind the wheel. A hands-free law serves as an important deterrent to people to put down the phone and keep their eyes on the road where they belong. I have worked on this legislation for the last several years, and I am happy to see it headed to the governor's desk to be signed.

More than 20 states have implemented hands-free driving laws, and while Indiana has a law that prohibits texting while driving, it is difficult to enforce. Drivers can still use hands-free technology, such as Bluetooth, or dial 911 in the event of an emergency.

House Enrolled Act 1070 is now eligible to be signed into law by the governor. Visit for more information.


State Rep. Jim Pressel (R-Rolling Prairie) represents House District 20,
which includes portions of LaPorte and Starke counties.
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