The Indiana General Assembly considered several measures related to cell phone usage, and the following summary briefly describes two of the bills that were approved.
Texting: House Enrolled Act 1129 stipulates a Class C infraction, which carries a $500 fine, for drivers who are found to be using a cell phone or other telecommunications device to type, transmit or read a text or email message while driving. Use of hands-free devices, however, is permitted under the act. The measure would not infringe upon a driver’s ability to talk on the phone while driving.
Cell phones on Do Not Call list: House Enrolled Act 1273 will allow cell phone numbers to be included on the state’s Do Not Call registry, a popular program administered by the Indiana Attorney General’s office and provided free of charge to Indiana residents. Under the new statute, in addition to a landline, Indiana residents can register any wireless or VOIP telephone number associated with their residential address or a prepaid wireless number that is primarily used in Indiana. Telemarketers who call a cell phone number registered on the Do Not Call list will face the same penalties as those who call a registered land line. Registration is available by calling 1.888.834.9969 or online at www.IndianaConsumer.com.