Texting-while-driving bill gets legislature's OK
Original post made on Aug 16, 2011
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on Aug 16, 2011 at 2:48 pm
Looks like I really have to buckle down and not use a cell phone at all while I am driving. Such steep fines are looming. Who has extra money for these steep fines and what the ticket acutally costs when you receive it?
on Aug 16, 2011 at 5:42 pm
Hopefully this will be enough to deter the 30-40% who haven't figured out that using a handheld cell phone is dangerous. And, I see lots of people who are using speaker phone capability, but holding it near their mouths--this is also illegal!!!
I doubt the law will make a big difference, though--it's very tough to catch these folks, and they don't believe they're doing anything potentially harmful.
on Aug 16, 2011 at 7:41 pm
These penalties still aren't enough to overcome people's assessment of the penalty vs. the risk of being caught. If the data TRULY shows that texting/calling while driving is as dangerous as DUI, then make the penalty the same. Report the names of the violators in the crime blog just like DUIs.
Otherwise we're just putzing around.