Lawmakers calling on states to ban texting while driving or face cuts on highway funding

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We don’t doubt for a second that texting while driving is very dangerous and increases the risk of you getting into an accident. Democratic lawmakers are calling on states to ban texting while driving or face cuts in highway funding, saying that there is a serious need to reduce driver distraction while driving.

“When drivers have their eyes on their cell phones instead of the road, the results can be dangerous and even deadly,” said Sen. Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., who presented the legislation with Democrats Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana and Kay Hagan of North Carolina.

Most critics question whether the law could be properly enforced and whether there is enough data to backup such bans. However, the lawmakers backed up their proposal with studies showing the dangers of texting while driving.

A Virginia Tech┬áTransportation Institute found that drivers of heavy trucks that text while operating their vehicle, are 23 times as likely to get in an accident while not texting (anyone could’ve guessed that). The lawmakers also cited a recent study by CARandDRIVER that found that texting and driving is more dangerous than drinking and driving.

CTIA, a cellular phone industry trade group said that texting has grown from nearly 10 billion messages a month in December 2005 to more than 110 billion in December 2008.

So far, 14 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws banning texting while driving.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Yahoo News