Friday, August 15, 2008

Congressman wants to ban text messaging while driving

I'm very skeptical of lawmakers proposing to ban things that people like to do that in general don't impact on others. However, text messaging while driving a car crosses the line.
I support this effort.

New York City considering new law to protect public

On Friday he will unveil a measure that would ban the sending or reading of text messages while driving within city limits.
“It’s a risk to drivers, obviously, and also to passengers and pedestrians,” Mr. Weprin said in an interview. “You’re not looking at the road and you don’t have both hands on the wheel” when engaged in text-messaging. “The probability for accidents is too high to ignore.”
Mr. Weprin said the bill would be modeled on New York State’s ban on the use of cellphones while driving, which imposes a $100 fine for the first infraction.
He said the proposal was an outgrowth of the crash last summer in the Finger Lakes region of New York State in which five teenage girls riding in a sport utility vehicle died. A police investigation revealed that the driver’s cellphone was being used to send text messages at the time of the accident, in which her car swerved into oncoming traffic and collided with a tractor-trailer

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