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Law Proposed to Ban Texting While Driving

After numerous reports showing that cell phone usage while driving is dangerous, democratic senators have proposed legislation that would ban text messaging while operating a vehicle.

"The federal government ought to pass a law banning this dangerous and growing practice to protect the millions of Americans on our nation's roads. It is a matter of public safety," said Senator Charles E. Schumer, Democrat of New York, who introduced the bill along with Democrats Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina, according to the AP.

14 states have already outlawed text messaging while driving, but the proposed legislation would pressure the remaining states to follow suit or else lose 25 percent of its highway money.

“Studies show this is far more dangerous than talking on a phone while driving or driving while drunk, which is astounding,” Schumer added in a New York Times story.

Earlier this week, the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) released a report saying that truck drivers who text messaged while driving were 23 times more likely to be in an accident situation than those who were focused on the road.

  • Netherscourge
    People might as well be drunk and smoking pot while driving, because that's about the same level of attention you are devoting to driving while you Text on your stupid cell phone while driving.


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  • Invalidate their insurance too, if they cause an accident and they're texting.
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  • omnimodis78
    I didn't even read the article - I just saw the heading and felt the need to comment on it! FINALLY! Netherscourge pretty much summed it all up. I drive a manual, so texting while actually driving isn't an option (it's possible, but...) I am always scared when there's some idiot behind me and I know he/she is texting - and geez they are the ones always riding my ass so if I needed to stop quickly, there is no way they would react fast enough. Driving needs your attention and focus, anyone who argues otherwise either is a bad driver, or is yet to learn a hard lesson... Cheers!
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  • Montezuma
    Let's just legislate every aspect of people's lives. There are already laws that people can be charged under if they drive while being willfully distracted. Instead of wasting time on legislation like this, time should be allotted to more important issues.
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  • matchboxmatt
    I think they should forget about making the ban and let natural selection take its course, because you have to have some kind of mental stigma if you think texting is a better idea than making an actual call when you're driving in a massive metal box at 40mph.
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  • omnimodis78
    montezumaLet's just legislate every aspect of people's lives. There are already laws that people can be charged under if they drive while being willfully distracted. Instead of wasting time on legislation like this, time should be allotted to more important issues.I don't know where you live, but in Ontario (Canada), driving is considered a privilege, not a right, so I accept the fact that laws will exist to regulate that privilege. I would much rather have to abide to 100 laws while driving, and expect all drivers to do the same, rather than be killed (or kill) someone because my government gave in to small minded thinkers such as yourself. Nothing personal.
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  • Parrdacc
    Careful, I do not know about everyone else but where I am at they no only want to ban texting they are considering a ban on talking on a cell phone hands free as well. How is a cop supposed to tell if someone is talking on a phone vs. sing to the radio or talking to a passenger? Just be cautious on how far they take this is all am saying, but as for the texting: I am all for that ban.

    You think a person texting while driving is bad. I saw a woman serving all over the place once, thought see was drunk, turns out she had a actual book opened up across the steering wheel. She was reading a book while driving!! The sad thing is this was not some teen she had to be about mid to late 40's.
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  • techtre2003
    How would they police this in states where phone use while driving is legal? "No officer, I wasn't texting, I was dialing a number"
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  • xc0mmiex
    matchboxmattI think they should forget about making the ban and let natural selection take its course, because you have to have some kind of mental stigma if you think texting is a better idea than making an actual call when you're driving in a massive metal box at 40mph.
    no, because i don't want my life taken along with some txting dumbass, ban txting asap please
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  • dman3k
    I'm still waiting for the No-Blow-Job-While-Driving proposal.

    And I'll gladly volunteer for that study!
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