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ISP hands out 6 citations for new hands-free driving law

Hands-free driving feature hitting roads
Posted at 4:54 PM, Jul 14, 2020
and last updated 2020-07-14 16:54:43-04

INDIANAPOLIS – In the first two weeks of the new law against holding your phone while driving, a handful of citations have been given out by Indiana State Police.

ISP issued six citations and 54 warnings for the new hands-free law between July 1 and July 13.

The new law allows for phone use only with hands-free or voice-operated technology. A driver would be allowed to use a handheld phone in an emergency.

If you violate the law, you could be fined but you won’t lose points on your license until July 2021.

According to the Indiana Department of Transportation, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that states that passed hands-free driving laws have seen a nearly 20% decrease in traffic deaths in the two years after passing the law.

A spokesperson with the Indianapolis Metropolitan Police Department said the city’s traffic division is giving drivers a 30-day grace period.