SENATE BILL No. 18
DIGEST OF INTRODUCED BILL
Citations Affected: IC 9-13-2-195.7; IC 9-21-22.
Synopsis: Handheld communication devices while driving. Prohibits
an individual who is at least 18 years of age and holds an operator's
license (including a probationary license) from using a handheld
personal communications device while operating a motor vehicle.
Exempts the use of a handheld personal communications device in
emergency situations. Makes conforming amendments.
Effective: July 1, 2011.
January 5, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Policy.
First Regular Session 117th General Assembly (2011)
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SENATE BILL No. 18
A BILL FOR AN ACT to amend the Indiana Code concerning
Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:
SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-177.3; (11)IN0018.1.1. -->
SECTION 1. IC 9-13-2-177.3, AS ADDED BY P.L.101-2009,
SECTION 2, IS AMENDED TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE
JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 177.3. "Telecommunications device", for purposes
of IC 9-21-22, IC 9-24-11-3.3, and this chapter, has the meaning set
forth in IC 9-24-11-0.5.
SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-195.7; (11)IN0018.1.2. -->
SECTION 2. IC 9-13-2-195.7 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA
CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS
[EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 195.7. "Using a
telecommunications device" has the meaning set forth in
SOURCE: IC 9-21-22; (11)IN0018.1.3. -->
SECTION 3. IC 9-21-22 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS
CHAPTER TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY
Chapter 22. Use of Telecommunications Devices
Sec. 1. As used in this chapter, "using a telecommunications
device" means using a telecommunications device to communicate
orally or in writing or text.
Sec. 2. (a) This section applies to an individual who:
(1) is at least eighteen (18) years of age; and
(2) holds an operator's license, including a probationary
license issued under IC 9-24-11-3 or IC 9-24-11-3.3.
(b) Except as provided in sections 3 and 4 of this chapter, an
individual described in subsection (a) shall not operate a motor
vehicle while using a telecommunications device unless:
(1) the individual uses the telecommunications device only for
oral communication; and
(2) the telecommunications device:
(A) has an internal feature or function; or
(B) is equipped with an attachment or addition;
by which the individual engages in the oral communication
without the use of either hand. However, the individual may
use the individual's hand or hands to initiate or terminate the
Sec. 3. Section 2 of this chapter does not apply to an operator of:
(1) an authorized emergency vehicle;
(2) a medical services vehicle;
(3) a privately owned vehicle if:
(A) the operator or a passenger in the vehicle is a volunteer
firefighter en route to the scene of a fire or other
emergency in the line of duty; and
(B) a blue light is displayed on the vehicle in accordance
with IC 36-8-12-11; or
(4) a privately owned vehicle if:
(A) the operator or a passenger in the vehicle is a certified:
(ii) emergency medical technician-intermediate;
(iii) emergency medical technician-basic advanced;
(iv) emergency medical technician;
(v) emergency medical service driver; or
(vi) emergency medical service first responder;
en route to the scene of emergency medical service
activities in the line of duty; and
(B) a green light is displayed on the vehicle in accordance
with IC 9-19-14.5-1.
Sec. 4. Section 2 of this chapter does not apply to an operator of
a motor vehicle who uses a telecommunications device in an
emergency situation to:
(1) transmit an emergency call (as defined in IC 35-45-2-3(c))
or other emergency communication;
(2) contact a health care provider (as defined in
(3) contact the state police department or a police and law
enforcement system established under IC 36-8-2-2; or
(4) contact a firefighting and fire prevention system
established under IC 36-8-2-3.
Sec. 5. An individual who violates section 2 of this chapter
commits a Class C infraction.