Koch Bill To Ban Texting While Driving Passes House
STATEHOUSE-Indiana would join 19 other states in prohibiting text messaging while operating a motor vehicle under a bill co-authored by State Representative Eric Koch (R-Bedford). House Bill 1279, which passed the Indiana House by a vote of 95-3 on Tuesday, would make texting while driving a Class C infraction. The bill now moves to the Indiana Senate.
"Research by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration shows that a typical text message takes 22 seconds to compose, and that for every six-second period of time spent texting, 4.6 seconds are spent looking at the phone instead of the road," said Rep. Koch. "For a vehicle traveling at 55 miles per hour, this is the equivalent distance of the length of a football field, plus the end zones, in travel without the driver's eyes on the road. The same study showed that commercial drivers who were texting were 23 times more likely to crash. Another study showed that text messaging while driving reduces a person's reaction time by 35 percent and steering control by 91 percent."
Rep. Koch serves House District 65, which includes parts of Bartholomew, Brown, Jackson, and Lawrence counties, and is Assistant Republican Caucus Chairman. He serves on the House Judiciary Committee and is Ranking Member of the House Courts & Criminal Code Committee.