INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. (WANE) Indiana motorists now can join the fight to combat distracted driving with a newly available license plate that reads, “Put the Phone Down.”
The new license plate is part of of a campaign announced at a news conference held Thursday morning in Indianapolis attended by members of the Indiana Motor Truck Association (IMTA), the Office of the Indiana Attorney General, Indiana Bureau of Motor Vehicles, Indiana Department of Revenue and the Indiana Department of Transportation.
There are now more traffic crashes related to texting and driving than drinking and driving and an estimated 80 percent of all accidents involve some sort of driver distraction according to the Indiana Department of Labor.
Proceeds from the license plate will go to IMTA-sponsored safe driving programs in Indiana such as the Save a Life Tour, an all-day multimedia event which sheds light on the dangers of distracted driving.
Since July of 2011, it’s been illegal to to “type, transmit, or read e-mail or text messages on a communication device while driving in Indiana.” Violators can be fined up to $500.
Motorists may purchase the specialty license plate at any Indiana BMV license branch, certified partner locations, or at myBMV.com. The plate may be registered on passenger cars, trucks up to 11,000 pounds, motorcycles and recreational vehicles. The cost is $40, with $25 being returned to the IMTA for distracted driving programs.For additional information visit http://www.intrucking.org/license-plate.