The Union Recorder

May 9, 2012

Texting while driving bans are dangerous

The Union-Recorder

MILLEDGEVILLE — State laws that ban texting while driving cause more accidents, and should be modified to encourage safety. In 2010, the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety stated that 45 percent of young adults texted while driving in texting banned states.

These laws cause deadlier behavior that encourages drivers to text in ways that are concealed from law enforcement, which translates to no eyes on the road if they are looking to their lap when texting.

Higher fines for wrecks caused by texting are safer than purely bans alone. Without a texting ban, drivers choose to text in ways that still permit some visibility.

A modified texting law can penalize drivers that were suspected of texting at the time of a wreck. Checking cellphone records can prove texting at specific times.

This alteration allows penalties for the act and at the same time not encouraging drivers to text in more dangerous ways.

Mitchell Voight