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Should Texting and Driving Be Illegal?


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3/5/2013
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Texting and drivingIn Oklahoma, a Republican-controlled House Committee put a stop on a bill that was going to ban texting while driving. They were concerned that it would be hard to enforce and that it jeopardizes individual’s personal freedoms. The bill was going to make it illegal to compose, send or read a text based communication while driving. The fines could equal up to $500 for a violation of this. A member of the Calendar Committee who opposed the bill said, “I’ll be the first to say it’s dangerous and foolish to text while driving. But where do you stop? Can I not eat my cheeseburger in my car?”

In Kentucky, we have laws that prohibit texting and driving. Drivers over the age of 18 are allowed to talk on the phone, aside from bus drivers. However, all Kentucky drivers are prohibited from texting and driving.

The law states:

  • No person may write, send or read a text-based communication (including text messages, instant messages and e-mails) while operating a motor vehicle that is in motion.
  • No person under the age of 18 may operate a motor vehicle while using a personal communication device (including talking, texting or emailing on cell phones, smart phones or other PDAs) except when it is necessary to summon medical help or law enforcement in an emergency situation.

For the first offense of text messaging while driving, you receive a fine of $25 and then $50, plus court costs. The cell phone and text messaging laws are considered primary laws in Kentucky. A primary law means that a police officer can pull you over for the offense without having to witness any other violation.

Do you think there should be a law against texting and driving in Kentucky?  Do you think the laws set in Kentucky are strict enough? Are they actually working?

My Thoughts on These Questions

I believe that distracted driving is an epidemic in Kentucky. Distracted drivers are the primary cause of serious car and truck accidents. It used to be that you saw a driver weave in the road that you would think they were drunk. Not anymore. Now I assume they are looking at their phone and sending a text. We need to stop this now, before there are more fatal car accidents. To do this we need to have stricter laws that can be enforced. This would take the form of a total ban on the use of phones in the car. Does this go too far?



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Michael Schafer
The Personal Injury Attorney for Louisville and Kentucky

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