Which States Ban Texting While Driving
December 13, 2011 by staff
Which States Ban Texting While Driving, It appears that local law enforcement’s fears about Indiana’s new texting while driving ban are proving to be true. Officials say it’s too hard to enforce. More than five months after the ban took effect, Cass County sheriff’s deputies and Logansport police officers have yet to issue a single ticket for the offense.
According to the law, drivers are forbidden from using any telecommunications device to type, transmit or read texts and emails while their vehicles are in motion.
But the law also states that officers can’t confiscate phones or other mobile devices to determine whether a person was breaking the law.
Logansport Police Chief A.J. Rozzi said the only real way to prove someone was breaking the law would be to subpoena phone records. That will likely be done only in the event of a car wreck, the chief said.
Otherwise, drivers can just lie, he said.
“They could say they were just looking at their phone, or if their fingers were moving, they could say they were dialing a number,” Rozzi said.
Officials were concerned about this even before the law took effect in July. At that time, Assistant Chief Mike Morphet said he hoped that some people would stop texting behind the wheel simply because of the new law.
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