Distracted driving photo

A driver talks on the phone in this 2013 file photo. An Indiana Senate panel voted 8-1 in February to endorse the bill that permits cellphone use only with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies.

ELKHART — Holding a cellphone while driving will be grounds for a traffic stop and possibly a penalty under a new Indiana law.

Gov. Eric Holcomb in March signed into law House Bill 1070, which addresses distracted driving. Texting while driving in Indiana is already illegal, but starting Wednesday, the new distracted-driving law will close any loopholes, banning any handheld phone use.

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fire111

Certainly this new state law includes police officers use while driving. Right? Because I just don't see many police cars sitting along the road and officers on conversations or texting! But I have seen a lot of police with cells in use while driving!

fire111

Help us out here Blair Yankey! It's your story! Are cops able to talk with a handheld cell?

Blair Yankey Staff
Blair Yankey

fire111: Cops are not exempt from the new law. Thank you for your question.

-Blair

fire111

Thank you sir!

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