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New Indiana State Law Bans Use of Handheld Phone While Driving

Using a handheld cellphone while driving is now illegal on Indiana roads under a new state law that took effect this week. The move aimed at combating distracted driving went onto the books on July 1 after being approved by …

Cellphone While Driving Ban Goes into Effect in Idaho

Effective July 1 using a handheld phone while operating a moving motor vehicle in Idaho is prohibited. Idaho drivers will receive warnings until Jan. 1, 2021. The American Property Casualty Insurance Association is applauding the change. “Distracted driving and the …

Ban on Holding Cellphone While Driving Begins July 1 in Indiana

Drivers will be banned from using handheld cellphones on Indiana roads starting in July under legislation Gov. Eric Holcomb has signed into law to combat distracted driving. Holcomb signed the measure on March 18, making Indiana the 22nd state to …

Parents in South Dakota Plead for Tougher Texting While Driving Penalties

Jacob William Dahl was a 19-year-old Northern State University student when he was killed after running into the back of a soybean truck while looking at his cellphone. Dahl, a 2013 graduate of Castlewood High School, was “the greatest kid …

Hold the Phone: Massachusetts’ Hands-Free Driving Law to Take Effect

Massachusetts’ new hands-free driving law takes effect this Sunday, February 23rd. The law, signed by Governor Charlie Baker in November, is intended to reduce the number of distracted driving injuries and deaths in the state. It imposes penalties enforced by …

Ohio Bill Would Make Using Hand-Held Device While Driving a Primary Offense

A new bill introduced in Ohio would strengthen Ohio’s laws regarding the use of wireless devices, including smartphones, while driving. The Hands-Free Ohio bill, sponsored by Sen. Stephanie Kunze (R-Hilliard) and Sen. Sean J. O’Brien (D-Bazetta) would, with limited exceptions, …

Michigan City Ramping Up Enforcement of Ban on Using Handheld Phone While Driving

Police in Battle Creek, Michigan are enforcing a local ban on the use of a handheld phone while driving. The prohibition has been on the books for months, but signs recently went up at Battle Creek’s city entry points. Police …

Ohio Governor Says Distracted Driving Should Be Primary Offense

Distracted driving should be reason enough to pull someone over in Ohio, Gov. Mike DeWine said as he promised a legislative proposal soon to upgrade the offense. DeWine also said it’s time for a cultural recognition that distracted driving is …

Michigan House Votes to Ban Drivers Under 18 from Using Cellphones

Drivers younger than 18 would be prohibited from using cellphones except for emergencies under legislation approved by the Michigan House. Michigan now bars drivers with a learner’s or intermediate permit – those as young as 14 years, 9 months to …

Idaho City Bans Handheld Phone Use While Driving

One of the largest cities in Idaho has banned the use of a hand-held phone while driving. Meridian’s city council approved the ordinance last week, prohibiting the use of hand-held devices any time a vehicle is in a traffic lane. …