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Distracted Driver Gets First Ticket For Texting

Nobody was hurt in the crash that led to the first Indiana ticket given for texting behind the wheel.

Texting while driving

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Tickets for texting behind the wheel could cost up to $500

A preoccupied motorist who plowed through a Richmond business receives the first Indiana ticket for texting behind the wheel. The crash happened Tuesday at Grandview Medical Equipment on Chester Boulevard.

“It‘s a four-lane divided highway, so he went up over a median, then up over a curb, through the yard, went through the building and out the other side,” said Grandview pharmacy CEO Mark Prifogle.

21 year old Lucas Harrison of Connersville was reportedly driving a Grandview company vehicle when the crash occurred.

“We‘ve had a policy against the use of cell phones in our company vehicles for years, and we just know that distracted driving does cause accidents, whether it‘s something as significant as this or even fender benders et cetera,” said Prifogle. “It just goes to show you that when people aren‘t paying attention to the road, things like this can happen.

There was an employee inside, but no one was hurt. Harrison is being ticketed for illegal use of a telecommunications device. It could cost him up to $500 for the offense.

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