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Traffic violations would send young drivers back to school

By Christian Sullivan TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – A new bill aims to send drivers under the age of 21 with two or more traffic violations back to driver’s school.  Sen. Randall Head, R-Logansport, and Sen. James Tomes, R-Wadesville, co-authored the bill that would implement a driver safety program that must be approved by the Bureau of […]

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Fourth section of I-69 expansion now open

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The rubber is meeting the road on a brand new section of I-69, which opened in Greene and Monroe counties Wednesday morning. “Hoosiers know that roads mean jobs, and this new interstate section is a key component to the economic vitality and development of southwest Indiana,” Pence said in a […]

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Drivers can’t use phones in cars til they turn 21 under new law

By Amanda Creech TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — Every day, Marissa Osowski has a 30-minute commute to work. On her drive home, she used to fill that half hour talking on her cell phone to her friends or boyfriend. That made the commute feel a little shorter and less boring. Now, the 18-year-old’s daily phone call is […]

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Rule the Road event to demonstrate safe driving techniques to teens

Staff Report TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – Several organizations are teaming up to host a free event called Rule the Road – a program that puts a focus on improving teen driving skills. Certified emergency vehicle operators from local law enforcement agencies will teach the classes within a closed course. Teens will be exposed to some techniques […]

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Bill would require drivers to go hands-free

By Caitlin Soard TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — A new bill may change how Hoosiers spend their daily commutes. House Bill 1033, authored by Rep. Milo Smith, R-Columbus, would require drivers to use hands-free or voice-operated technology when using a cell phone while driving – aside from calling 911 for a “bona fide emergency.” Smith said the […]

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Analysis: Behind-the-scenes bills are among most interesting

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – The 2015 session of the General Assembly launched last week with debate about all the issues you’d expect – the budget, education and plenty of politics. But it’s the issues you don’t see coming that make a legislative session interesting. And this one will be no exception. Here are […]

Analysis: It’s time to get serious about driving and the road

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Analysis: It’s time to get serious about driving and the road

By Lesley Weidenbener TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS – I first saw a link to the video on Facebook. I clicked out of curiosity. I’d covered AT&T’s campaign to discourage texting and driving before and was intrigued that the company – in partnership with other mobile phone providers – had hired a filmmaker to make a documentary about […]

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Simulator will let teens experience effects of distracted driving

By Megan Banta TheStatehouseFile.com INDIANAPOLIS — The Indiana Criminal Justice Institute is offering teen drivers across the state a hands-on opportunity to learn about the dangers of texting while driving. In partnership with Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller and AT&T, the institute will hold a series of five events around the state where students can […]

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Zoeller, Kahne and others support campaign to stop texting and driving

By Jacie Shoaf The Statehouse File INDIANAPOLIS – Racecar drivers, corporate and government leaders – including Indiana Attorney General Greg Zoeller  joined together Tuesday for the first ever nationwide Stop the Texts Day. Stop the Texts Day is part of an Ad Council campaign called “Stop the Texts. Stop the Wrecks.” The public service announcement […]

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Proposal to ban cell phones while driving gets cool reception in some states

By John Gramlich Stateline.org staff writer The National Transportation Safety Board was unanimous when it recommended this week that states ban drivers from talking on cell phones while driving. The states themselves, however, aren’t exactly jumping at the chance to implement the proposal. “You know the NRA saying that if they want my gun they’ll pry […]