Cell Phone – Driving Safety


Abstain from talking on a cell phone while you are actively driving. Try to place calls while your vehicle is stationary.

Use a “hands-free” or speaker phone accessory. The use of a Bluetooth headset or earpiece allows you to talk while both hands remain on the wheel.  Prior to getting on the road, practice driving while using your hands-free device in an open parking lot so you know how to use it properly without fumbling. When possible, shop for the latest models of phones that feature voice activated dialing and speed dialing.

Hands-free or not, postpone conversations that are either emotional or complex. Do not make emotional calls while driving (quitting your job, breaking up with a boyfriend or girlfriend, etc.) as you will be focused primarily on the call rather than your driving.

If you need to answer or make a call, try and pull off the road into a safe parking area. Be alert. Do not stop in dangerous areas and be sure to keep your doors locked.

Never read or write a text message while driving. Taking your eyes off the road for even a second or two can result in a collision. Pull over to the side of the road if you must text. 

Keep your phone within easy reach. Do not leave your phone in the glove compartment or a purse where you might have to dig for it.

Make sure 911 is programmed into your phone’s memory should you need to report an accident or other emergency. While driving, use your cell phone only in the event of an emergency in which you or someone else needs help.

The Indiana State Statute prohibits a person from typing, transmitting or reading a text message or an electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle unless the device is used in conjunction with hands-free or voice operated technology or unless the device is used to call 911 to report a bona fide emergency. (I.C. 9-21-8-59)