INDIANAPOLIS (WEHT) – Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb signed a distracted driving bill into law Wednesday.
The bill allows cellphone use by drivers only with hands-free or voice-operated technology, except in emergencies.
The new law takes effect in July.
Distracted driving was to blame in at least 860 injury crashes and 48 fatalities in Indiana last year, according to state police.
Twenty-one other states already have similar bans.
The bill would make violations a ticketed infraction with a maximum $500 fine.
(This story was originally published on March 18, 2020)