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Did you know?

  • 20% of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA)
  • Drivers that use cell phones are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (NHTSA, Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)
  • Using a cell phone while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a BAC of .08 percent. (University of Utah)
  • You are six times more likely to get in an accident texting while driving than driving under the influence. (NHTSA)
  • Driving while using a cell phone reduces the amount of brain activity associated with driving by 37 percent (Carnegie Mellon)
  • In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)
  • The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)

Indiana State Law
• Bans ALL cell phone use (handheld and hands-free) for novice drivers (Primary law)
• Bans texting for all drivers (Primary law), effective 7/1/11

Note: Indiana defines novice drivers as all drivers under the age of 18.