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Will Indiana ban using cell phones while driving?

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FORT WAYNE, Ind. (Fort Wayne's NBC) -- We all know that we're not supposed to be using our phones when we drive.

It's dangerous, and yet it can sometimes take a lot of discipline to put the phone down.

Now Governor Eric Holcomb wants Indiana to join other states in going hands free.

"See it every day driving down the road, people talking on the phone, the phone's in their hands, they're texting, they're probably on social media, on the internet. It makes a difference in their attention span and what they're really paying attention to," says Sgt. Brian Walker from Indiana State Police.

That's why Indiana Governor Eric Holcomb wants state lawmakers to ban all hand held devices while driving, saying it would reduce crashes and improve safety.

"You can be equipped with GPS, etc. and still get the job done without looking at your phone non-stop," Gov. Holcomb says.

Governor Eric Holcomb wants Indiana to join other states in going hands free.

Indiana does have a law banning texting or emailing while driving, but it's been difficult to enforce because drivers can do so many other things on their phones.

"I'm sure it's become a thing where in the courts, it's a matter of word play. And I wasn't texting or emailing, I was on social media. Regardless, you're still not paying attention to your driving. You're still using your electronic communication in a different form, and you're not paying attention to what you're doing," Sgt. Walker says.

People we talked to say they think a hand held cell phone ban would be good for everyone's safety.

"I know sometimes I see cars behind me on the phone, they're doing something with it or next to me on the roads. Does that scare you a little bit? Yeah," David Eix says.

"I think it'll increase some driving safety. So often you see people just on their phone not paying attention," Laura Arvola tells us.

"I think it's a good idea because I use the bluetooth in my car, very rarely I use it, because I don't like to talk on the phone when I'm driving. It's not safe. Even if you're not holding it in your hand? Even if I'm not holding it in my hand. I'm not concentrating on the road," Cindy Stoffel says.

The state legislature convenes in January.

If Governor Holcomb's proposal is passed, Indiana would join 20 other states with bans on hand held cell phones while driving.

Corinne Rose

Corinne Rose is a reporter for WPTA.

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