Texting all naysayers - texting has to be outlawed in a car or we all suffer the consequences of injury and death!
Posted on Oct 03, 2009
In an article yesterday, Benjamin Carlson of the Atlantic Wire summarizes the positions of many interested parties on the ban of texting while driving. The industry, such as AT&T, does not want a total ban for business purposes, some argue this is a state issue and a federal government ban alone will be ineffective, a ban will be unenforceable, and even truckers are complaining that an inclusive ban on their dispatch computers would hurt their performance and operations.
What was not mentioned is the reality that texting, while driving, is and will continue to be a deadly distraction and should be outlawed to improve highway and roadway safety! The accidents caused by this type of behavior are not pretty. The convenience is not worth the risk, and the injury is too great to allow it to continue. Sure, it will be hard to enforce a ban on texting, but like cell phone use, banned in California unless hands free, the public at large is mostly complying. Just look around you now on the freeway. Someone that is distracted by use of their cell phone is all over the road, and more people are concerned enough about it that they are reporting to agencies like the CHP.
Texting is worse even than driving while using a cell phone. The industry should encourage and support legislation to limit texting and states should each adopt laws. As for trucker dispatch, well trucks cause the greatest risk, and the precious minute they save is wasted when they hit another car while communicating in this fashion. A hand free call can do all that is needed, don't you think? This California auto accident attorney knows so!