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Indiana Senate OKs texting while driving ban

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INDIANAPOLIS (AP) — The Indiana Senate has narrowly given final legislative approval to a bill making it illegal for drivers to send or read text messages.

The Senate voted 26-24 on Friday in favor of the bill after several senators argued that the ban wouldn’t be enforceable because police officers can’t tell whether a driver was texting or making a phone call.

The compromise version earlier approved by the House removed a Senate-passed provision that would have also banned making cell phone calls while driving.

Sen. Vaneta Becker of Evansville supported the texting ban, saying it will increase awareness about the danger of distracted driving and save lives.

The bill now goes to Gov. Mitch Daniels. Violators would face a maximum fine of $500.

Posted 4/29/2011




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