Anti-texting law causing enforcement headaches

texting and driving

TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) – A law created to stop Indiana drivers from texting while driving has generated more frustration than actual tickets in its first three years.

The 2011 law prohibits drivers from using a phone or electronic device to send or read a text message or email while operating a moving vehicle.

Indiana State Police say it’s difficult to enforce this because the law doesn’t prevent drivers from using cell-phones to make calls, type in phone numbers, or access other applications.

It also doesn’t allow officers to confiscate a phone to confirm the driver was texting or sending an email.

A report by Indiana State Police estimates that fewer than 400 motorists were ticketed for illegal texting in the first two years of the law.

Violations of the law carry penalties of up to $500. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you confirm your email address and acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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