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New Indiana Laws Aim to Crack Down on Distracted Driving

Instances of crashes caused by distracted driving have become more commonplace in recent years. The groups that most often fall victim to this dangerous temptation are teens and young adults. In an effort to reduce the amount of deadly crashes involving distracted young drivers, the state of Indiana has devised a few new traffic laws, effective July of 2015.

Several of these new laws are directed specifically at drivers under the age of 21. One law states that no driver under the age of 21 may use a telecommunication device in any capacity while behind the wheel. This means that, in addition to texts and phone calls, cell phone GPS applications, social media activity and any hands-free cell phone activity are all completely off limits. The only exception listed in this law is that drivers will not be penalized for calling 911 in the case of an emergency.

Another law that has been put in place this month states that, for the first six months after a driver’s license is issued, any driver under the age of 21 may not have any passengers in the vehicle who are not licensed drivers over the age of 25. However, there are some exceptions involving family members, spouses and children. This law sets an important precedent for Indiana rules of the road. It addresses common driving distractions that do not involve a cell phone but that can be just as dangerous.

With the enactment of these laws, the state of Indiana is addressing several types of the various distractions that can befall young drivers every day. By reducing the amount of instances in which young drivers choose to drive while distracted, the Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles hopes to create a wave of future drivers who are safer and more attentive to the task at hand.
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