February 14, 2011





SENATE BILL No. 18

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DIGEST OF SB 18 (Updated February 11, 2011 4:21 pm - DI 110)



Citations Affected: IC 9-13; IC 9-21; IC 9-24.

Synopsis: Handheld communication devices while driving. Provides that it is a Class C infraction for a person to use a telecommunications device to type, transmit, or read a text message or electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle, with certain exceptions. Allows a person to use hands free or voice operated technology to transmit a text message or electronic mail message while operating a moving motor vehicle. Provides, for purposes of the prohibition against using a telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle, that "telecommunications device" does not include: (1) amateur radio equipment operated by a person licensed by the Federal Communications Commission as an amateur radio operator; or (2) a communications system installed in a commercial vehicle weighing more than 10,000 pounds. Prohibits a police officer from confiscating a telecommunications device for the purpose of determining compliance or confiscating a telecommunications device and retaining it as evidence pending trial for the violation.

Effective: July 1, 2011.





Holdman , Charbonneau, Kruse, Merritt, Randolph, Taylor, Grooms, Lanane, Broden, Alting




    January 5, 2011, read first time and referred to Committee on Public Policy.
    February 14, 2011, amended, reported favorably _ Do Pass.






February 14, 2011

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 motor vehicles.

Be it enacted by the General Assembly of the State of Indiana:

SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-177.3; (11)SB0018.1.1. -->     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. (a) "Telecommunications device", for purposes of IC 9-21-8 and IC 9-24-11-3.3, has the meaning set forth in IC 9-24-11-0.5. means an electronic or digital telecommunications device. The term includes a:
        (1) wireless telephone;
        (2) personal digital assistant;
        (3) pager; or
        (4) text messaging device.
    (b) The term does not include:
        (1) amateur radio equipment that is being operated by a person licensed as an amateur radio operator by the Federal Communications Commission under 47 CFR Part 97; or
        (2) a communications system installed in a commercial vehicle weighing more than ten thousand (10,000) pounds.

SOURCE: IC 9-13-2-177.4; (11)SB0018.1.2. -->     SECTION 2. IC 9-13-2-177.4 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA

CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 177.4. "Text message", for purposes of IC 9-21-8, has the meaning set forth in IC 9-21-8-0.5.

SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-0.5; (11)SB0018.1.3. -->     SECTION 3. IC 9-21-8-0.5 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 0.5. As used in this chapter, "text message" means a communication in the form of electronic text sent from a telecommunications device.
SOURCE: IC 9-21-8-59; (11)SB0018.1.4. -->     SECTION 4. IC 9-21-8-59 IS ADDED TO THE INDIANA CODE AS A NEW SECTION TO READ AS FOLLOWS [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011]: Sec. 59. (a) A person may not use a telecommunications device to:
        (1) type a text message or an electronic mail message;
        (2) transmit a text message or an electronic mail message; or
        (3) read 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.
    (b) Subsection (a) does not apply to an operator of:
        (1) a medical services vehicle;
        (2) 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
        (3) a privately owned vehicle if:
            (A) the operator or a passenger in the vehicle is a certified:
                (i) paramedic;
                (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.

     (c) A police officer may not:
        (1) confiscate a telecommunications device for the purpose of determining compliance with subsection (a); or
        (2) confiscate a telecommunications device and retain it as evidence pending trial for a violation of this section.

SOURCE: IC 9-24-11-0.5; (11)SB0018.1.5. -->     SECTION 5. IC 9-24-11-0.5 IS REPEALED [EFFECTIVE JULY 1, 2011].