New Indiana bill would prohibit teen drivers from texting

By Brad Underwood - bio | email

Soon, there may be no texting or chatting if you're a teen driver in Indiana.

We've all heard the studies that say the more distractions in the car, the more apt teenagers are to crash. So the Indiana State Senate approved a bill to get both hands back on the wheel.

It bans cell phone conversations, texting and other handheld electronics for all drivers under the age of 18.

"A lot of kids text and I don't think that's safe," said Morgan Hon, a junior at South Dearborn High School. "I rarely ever talk on the phone unless I'm talking with my parents."

Indiana lawmakers are trying to limit the number of distractions behind the wheel, by banning cell phone use of minor drivers.

"I hear a lot about crashes with kids on their cell phones, I think it would be good," said student Regina Spielmann.

Driving instructor Chris Nobbe believes everyone will be safer if the bill becomes law.

"To have a kid not have those type of capabilities at their finger tips is going to be positive," he said.

If passed, the bill would dramatically increase the number of supervised time behind the wheel.

"It would be better, I think it would give people a lot more experience," said Hon.

Six hours of drivers ed would is required in Indiana right now, but 50 hours would be the new amount of time if the new bill is passed.

The Indiana House still has to pass the bill. Similar bills have failed to become law in past years in Indiana. Currently, 11 states and the District of Columbia have legislation banning minors from using a cell phone while driving.