Indiana Goes After Young Drivers and Roads

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Ano texting and driving lawsll older, seasoned humans say roughly the same thing: “These young kids have no idea how to drive.” Now, they are receiving some vindication of that saying from Hoosier lawmakers.  Legislation passed that bans any form of telecommunication in cars for drivers under the age of twenty-one, with the exception of calling 911 in emergencies. Another piece of legislation limits who can ride with new drivers under 21 when they first obtain their driver’s license.

If you’ve been caught driving under the influence then you’ll want to get a DWI lawyer.

According to the law, again with a few exceptions like family and children, any passenger with a new driver must be over the age of twenty-five. Before going any further, it is important to note that cars have far too many other distractions now for phones to be the only problem. With integrated Bluetooth technology, are drivers under 21 not allowed to utilize this function? What about the bright touch screen that has replaced knobs in some cars? That will certainly be a distraction as well. It will be interesting to watch this law develop with the people of Indiana.


Along with this change, there is also a change affecting all drivers in the Hoosier state. That law states that police can fine a driver that holds up traffic in the left lane. The curiosity here would be how long you are allowed to “hold up” traffic before receiving your fine. And how are police going to be objective about how and who they give tickets to.


Jenny’s Law

Indiana has also adopted a new law related to the statute of limitations in certain rape cases. Prior to this year, the limit had been five years. However, this year Indiana passed “Jenny’s Law” that allows for the statute of limitations in some rape cases to be a range of ten years instead of the traditional five.


A Statute of Limitations, of course, refers to the prohibition of a prosecutor from charging a person of a crime that happened outside of the range provided in the law, in this case ten years. It is meant to ensure that cases are tried with evidence that has not deteriorated with time.