No more talking on the phone in the car in Indiana — a hands-free law goes into effect July 1. US-20 in La Porte County is often referred to as “Bloody 20” because of the number of wrecks. State Representative Jim Pressel says many of those crashes are the result of distracted driving. He wants to make sure your phone isn’t one of those distractions. LaPorte County Sheriff John Boyd says one 12-mile stretch of that highway accounts for a sixth of the traffic crashes his department deals with. Pressel says if you get pulled over for breaking the new law, you will be fined. You could pay anywhere from $25 to $500 depending on the prosecutor. Pressel says that’s meant to be a deterrent, not a revenue generator.


Katlin Connin