Indiana Considering Bills Requiring All In-Car Calls to be Hands-Free
Indiana representatives are looking to make the roads safer for everyone by considering two separate pieces of legislation that would require all calls made while driving to be hands-free.
Currently, 14 states, Washington D.C., and the U.S. territories of Puerto Rico, Guam, and the Virgin Islands have "distracted driver laws" that prohibit drivers from using hand-held smartphones while operating a vehicle.
According to Fox 59 in Indianapolis, one bill is the brainchild of Republican State Senate Pete Miller of Avon who admitted that attempting to make a call while driving caused him to go off the road recently.
There's no guarantee the bills will pass or even get a committee hearing during this legislative session which is the first step to having them heard on the floor of the statehouse.
Personally I don't think this is a bad idea. I'll admit that I've paid a little too much attention to my phone while driving at times, then found myself drifting into the the other lane or onto the shoulder of the road. However, I also think this could be a difficult law to pass with all those opposed screaming that it's taking away some fraction of their freedom, or whatever nonsense argument they want to pitch. There could also be those that argue they don't want to spend the money on an accessory to take calls hands-free. To those people (if they exist), how about you just don't take the call right that minute? Or find a parking lot to pull into and call the person back? That would be too easy though wouldn't it? God forbid we don't answer a call or respond to a text right that minute.