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Ban on texting and driving goes into effect in Indiana

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INDIANAPOLIS, IN (FOX19) -

It is now illegal for all drivers in Indiana to text while driving.

Numerous new laws take effect in the Hoosier state on July 1, 2011 and the all ages text ban is now a reality.

In 2010 the state targeted teens banning the use of any cell phone while driving, but the new law for all drivers is going to be hard for hard for police to prove because of the language in the bill.

Legislation specifically mentions texting and emailing as the two actions that will get you cited.

Current smartphone technology allows users to do much more than just text and email, plus if you are pulled over, the officer doesn't have the right to take your phone and search it to prove you were texting or emailing.

If you are caught texting while driving you could face fines up to $500. 

In 2010, the Indiana State Police linked over 1,100 car crashes to cell phone use, including four fatalities.

For a complete look at House Enrolled Act 1129 visit http://www.in.gov/legislative/bills/2011/HE/HE1129.1.html

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