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Cell Phone Ban Proposal Expected By Some State Lawmakers

The sponsor of Indiana's texting while driving law says he expected a recent recommendation from the National Transportation Safety Board.

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It's already illegal for teens to use cell phones in any way while behind the wheel.

The National Transportation Safety Board is calling for a nationwide ban on the use of cell phones and text messaging devices while driving. State senator Travis Holdman (R.-Markle), who sponsored Indiana‘s distracted driving law, says he saw this recommendation from the NTSB coming.

“In my experience that means it‘ll be a few years before the feds do that and this is probably just the first shot across the bow letting us know that this may be something that‘s coming down the pike for us to take a look at,” Holdman says.

However, he says it is the kind of decision that states need to be making. Indiana‘s current law prohibits reading or sending a text message or email while driving.  Drivers younger than 18 years of age are prohibited from using a cell phone in any way while behind the wheel.

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