On-Road Cell Phone Usage Ban - Possible Implications
Most states around the country have already banned teenagers from using cell phones while operating a motor vehicle. The laws vary from state to state, the most extreme banning the usage of cell phones completely, while milder version ban usage of hand-held devices only. The laws target primarily teenagers who do not have much driving experience and who comprise a high-risk group when it comes to driving.
In Indiana, a similar law was passed on last month and it is about to go into effect in July. The law would ban all drivers who are under 18 years of age from talking on the phone while driving, with no regard to whether they hold a drivers license or a learners permit.
The problem with the law is that it is quite hard to enforce. The highway patrol has many other matters that are much higher on the priority list, so they will not be dedicating resources specifically to this task on most occasions.
This lack of enforcement can possibly lead to the Indiana drivers completely disregarding the law and thus reducing if not completely negating its effects.