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GHSA News Release

May 11, 2011

Contact: Jonathan Adkins or Kara Macek
(202)789-0942, ext. 13 or ext. 14
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Indiana Enacts Texting While Driving Ban

32 States Have Acted Since 2007

WASHINGTON, D.C.—Yesterday, Indiana became the 32nd state to ban texting while driving for all drivers. The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) congratulates Indiana Governor Mitch Daniels, the State Legislature and GHSA's member, the Indiana Criminal Justice Institute.

The new law is primary enforcement—meaning law enforcement officers can ticket a driver solely on the basis of texting while driving. The law becomes effective July 1 and includes a fine of up to $500 on drivers caught texting.  

Washington State was the first state to enact a texting ban in May of 2007. Since that time, 31 other states have acted. Legislation is pending in Missouri and Nevada, among other states.

For a full list of state laws regulating texting and cell phone use while driving, visit:

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