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Indiana State Police express frustration with ban on texting while driving

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Indiana State Police say that, three years after the state's ban on texting while driving, officers have experienced frustration with the law and have written few tickets.

The 2011 law prohibits drivers from using a phone or electronic device to send or read text messages or email while driving -- but it doesn't prevent drivers from using cellphones to make calls, type in phone numbers or access other applications.

Officers also can't take a person's phone to confirm if a text message or email was being sent or read.

In the first two years, police say fewer than 400 tickets were written, with a penalty of up to $500.

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