The Roads and Transportation Committee last week voted in favor of House Bill 1129 that would make it a Class C misdemeanor to use a cell phone to type or read a text message or e-mail message when operating a motor vehicle.
"It's important we work towards keeping our roads safe for everyone in Indiana," Rep. Bruce Borders (R-Jasonville) said. "Texting while driving has cost the lives of many Hoosiers. It's not only a danger to you, but to our neighbors on the road too. Studies have shown texting while driving may result in as many injuries and deaths as drinking while driving."
The bill would still allow a person to use a hands-free device while driving to send a text message or e-mail message.
The Indiana General Assembly passed a similar law that went into effect in 2009 banning anyone 18 years old or younger from texting while driving.
House Bill 1129 is scheduled to be debated on the house floor later this week.