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Zoeller Inaugurates “Stop The Texts Day”

Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller says texting while driving is a more pervasive problem than many people realize.

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A state law now bans texting while driving for all drivers.

On the first nationwide Stop the Texts Day, Attorney General Greg Zoeller urged drivers to follow the law and stop texting while driving.

A national survey the Ad Council released Tuesday found about 60 percent of drivers between ages 16 and 24 text and drive.  Indiana passed a texting while driving ban for all motorists last year.  Since it went into effect, police have issued more than 200 tickets.  Attorney General Greg Zoeller says that figure doesn’t show how widespread the problem is.

“I think if you just stand on the corner of your street and watch people you’ll see more and more people driving with one eye on the road and looking down in their lap,” Zoeller says.

Zoeller adds that distracted driving of any kind is a serious problem, but says he’ll leave decisions about strengthening the state law to the legislature.

Brandon Smith, IPBS

Brandon Smith, IPBS has previously worked as a reporter and anchor for KBIA Radio in Columbia, MO, and at WSPY Radio in Plano, IL as a show host, reporter, producer and anchor. Brandon graduated from the University of Missouri-Columbia with a Bachelor of Journalism in 2010, with minors in political science and history. He was born and raised in Chicago.

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