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Bill Banning Texting While Driving Passes Senate Committee

A bill banning texting while driving passed through a Senate committee Tuesday.

Though the bill passed the committee, several members raised concerns about the legislation. Wadesville Sen. Jim Tomes voted for the bill, but said he doesn’t think the ban will get the job done.

“I still think we should go back to the instruction and education of driving and work the problem from that direction.”

Indianapolis Sen. Mike Young voted against the bill, saying he feels a provision in the legislation that exempts anyone who uses a hands-free device opens a loophole that effectively negates the bill entirely.

Other senators raised the possibility of a complete ban on handheld devices. Indianapolis Senator Greg Taylor said he plans to offer an amendment that would do just that.

“I think those people who believe that texting is going to somehow be distinguished from talking on the phone are sorely mistaken. And if we’re trying to protect people who drive on the road, I think we need to make it a hands-free state.”

Committee Chairman Brent Steele voted against the bill, calling it unenforceable, but said he plans to support Taylor’s amendment. A texting ban bill also passed out of the House earlier this session.

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