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"ENFORCEMENT LAX FOR INDIANA'S BAN ON TEEN TEXTING WHILE DRIVING"
Lesley Stedman Weidenbener of the Louisville Courier Journal has a long story dated August 1st, that begins:
INDIANAPOLIS — More than a year after Indiana banned young drivers from using cell phones and other mobile devices while behind the wheel, police have issued almost no tickets for the offense, and some teens say their friends are texting unchecked.
Indiana State Police ticketed only one driver for violating the cell phone ban, and a state agency that tracks infractions for 160 police departments could find just two other citations under the law that took effect July 1, 2009.
“There’s really not a police agency that can dedicate someone just to looking for young-looking drivers,” said state police First Sgt. Dave Bursten. “Maybe in a small police agency where everybody knows everybody, they’ll see Mary Jo Thompson driving with a phone and know that she just got her license two months ago. But for other agencies, there are a lot of complexities, so it’s just not a top-tier item.”
Indiana’s law — like one that took affect [sic.] in Kentucky on July 15 — bans cell phone use for drivers under 18.
But to issue a citation — punishable by a fine up to $500 — police have to witness a driver who looks under age 18 using a mobile device. After a stop, the officer must then establish when the driver received his or her license — before or after the law took effect.
From the Indiana Law Blog
DUI Task Force- August Schedule
From Times Union Newspaper
August 20, 2010 from 11:00 p.m. to 3:00 a.m.-
Roving Patrols and sobriety checkpoints at Gilsinger's in Leesburg.
Bremen Post to conduct sobriety checkpoint
August 24th, 2010 Stacey Page
Elkhart County – Sgt. Bruce Duhaime from the Bremen State Police Post has announced that a sobriety checkpoint will be held in Elkhart County. The checkpoint will start during the evening hours of Thursday, Aug. 26. This checkpoint is operating in conjunction with Operation Pullover Blitz 64 which targets impaired drivers.
Motorists are asked to have their driver’s license and vehicle registrations available when entering the checkpoint. This will help minimize the amount of time spent at the checkpoint. Motorists can expect short delays of only two to three minutes.
The Bremen Post serves Elkhart, St. Joseph, Marshall, and Kosciusko counties. After the checkpoint troopers will be conducting saturation patrols looking for impaired drivers. Sergeant Duhaime wants to remind the public, “The state police have zero tolerance for impaired drivers. If you are over the limit, you will be arrested.”
A FEW PRECAUTIONS:
* Plan ahead and always choose someone to be the designated driver.
* Don’t get behind the wheel of a vehicle if you’ve been consuming alcoholic beverages.
* If you are impaired, please call a taxi or call a sober friend or family member to come and get you.
* If you are hosting a party, always offer alcohol-free beverages, and make sure that all of your guests leave with a sober driver.
* Remember, Friends Don’t Let Friends Drive Drunk. Take the keys
and never let a friend leave your sight if you think that they are about to drive while impaired.
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