EVANSVILLE, Ind. (WEHT) – The Indiana House voted overwhelmingly on Wednesday to require drivers to put down their cell phones.
The House voted 86-10 in favor of a bill that would ban people from using hand-held cellular devices while driving. All representatives from Southwestern Indiana voted in favor of the bill.
The bill now moves to the Senate for more action.
Indiana is not the only state with a distracted driving bill, Kentucky lawmakers are also considering strengthening rules against using your phone while driving.
A bill sponsored by seven state representatives would ban use of a cell phone or other electronic device while driving unless the driver is using a hands-free device. It also prohibits all phone use by drivers under the age of 18. An exemption is made for those making calls during emergencies.
The Kentucky bill also proposes fines of up to $250 for those caught. The House Transportation Committee is reviewing the bill.
(This story was originally published on January 29, 2019)