INDIANAPOLIS (WLFI) - The state of Indiana is one step closer to having a hands-free driving law.
The House Bill 1070 passed the house 86 -10. It states that drivers would not be allowed to hold their cell phones or any other electronic device while driving.
Southern Indiana Republican State Rep. Holli Sullivan authored the bill. She said nine Americans are killed each day as a result of distracted driving. Local law enforcement said a hands-free law would make the roads safer.
"The numbers are pretty staggering, that it's causing people to be injured and it's causing people to lose their life, simply because they have a device in their hand that's distracting them," said Lt. Brian Lowe with the Tippecanoe County Sheriff’s Office.
The current distracted driving law only applies to texting and driving. Law enforcement officers said this law is hard to enforce because they have no way of proving a driver was actually texting. The bill now heads to the Senate for a vote.