Ford endorses new bill in Congress that will ban hand-held texting

Texting and Driving

FoMoCo is endorsing a new bill in Congress that will ban hand-held text messaging when operating a vehicle. A Senate version, brought forward by by Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., would withhold highway funding to states that don’t adopt the ban.

Ford’s vice president for government relations Peter Lawson said that Ford was endorsing the bill that he called a “common-sense measure.” He said that the bill would not prohibit people from using Ford’s Sync system that offers drivers the ability to send hands-free text messages.

“We think it’s an appropriate response to deal with the issue of hand-held texting, which we think on its face probably should be illegal,” Lawson said.

Ford is working hard to convince policymakers that systems like the Sync are not the problem and that the most dangerous situations are when drivers look away from the road to text with their cell phones.

– By: Omar Rana

Source: Detroit News