Indianapolis auto accident lawyers are wondering if you have heard about this sneaky little tidbit…
Many of you have heard the sayings, “Don’t text and drive” or “Don’t talk on your phone while driving” but did you know that as of July 1, 2015 a new law was passed for drivers under the age of 21 that prohibits the use of cell phones, including hands-free, while operating a motor vehicle? It’s true!
While many of those who voted to pass this law did not even notice this clause, it is now in fact an enforceable condition of it. There are other restrictions that have been expanded with this law that are listed below and can be found at wfyi.org.
- Up to age 21, drivers can’t be on the road between 10 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the first 180 days after being licensed.
- After the first 180 days, those drivers can do no driving Sunday through Thursday from 11 p.m. to 5 a.m. the following morning. For Saturday and Sunday mornings, no driving between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m.
- Exemptions for above: Lawful employment, school-sanctioned activity, religious event or if accompanied by a licensed driver 25 years or older or a spouse with valid driving privileges who is at least 21 years old.
- Up to age 21, no passengers for the first 180 days unless accompanied by a licensed instructor, licensed driver 25 years or older or a spouse with valid driving privileges whom is at least 21 years old.
- Exemptions: Sibling, step-sibling, child, step-child or spouse of the driver
The author of this bill, Rep. Ed Soliday, R-Valparaiso, has stated that the decision for this update is driven by data about teens and accidents. He states that the point of the law is to focus on gaining experience with supervision and less distraction.
Of course, even the most careful drivers can have unexpected situations arise that they can not control. The Ken Nunn Law Office understands this and are here to help you through those difficult situations. We are here to fight for your best interests and are prepared to help you get the best possible outcome! Contact us now!