Even though it’s illegal, people texting while driving is still a common scene on Indiana roads. Six people, including a child, were taken to the hospital after an accident on 38th Street and Butler on the east side Friday afternoon.
IFD said a woman carrying two kids swerved onto the center line, hit a moving truck, which then hit an SUV. Multiple witnesses tell investigators the woman may have been texting.
However, it is unlikely the 28-year-old driver will face any charges. Authorities blame Indiana’s Texting while Driving Law, which only prohibits drivers from texting, but not other activities.
“It’s an extremely difficult law to enforce,” said IMPD spokesperson Kendale Adams. “If I pull you over and I walk up to you and say, ‘I saw you on your phone. Were you texting?’ What’s likely going to be the answer?” said Adams.
Adams said the only way for a driver to get caught is if an officer sees it with their own eyes or the driver admits to it, which is pretty rare. When it comes to obtaining phone records, the crash would have to have caused serious injuries in order for them to obtain a search warrant. In this incident, six people were sent to the hospital, but checked out fine.
Police said it is another overlooked case until state lawmakers fill in the gaps.
“The intent was good and certainly law enforcement supports the intent, but it just needs to be tweaked a little bit,” said Adams.
IMPD has given out less than 10 tickets since the law went into effect in July 2011.