You Text, You Drive – You Die?

March 15, 2007

We’ll be the first to confess to driving while text messaging. Traffic sucks! What are we supposed to do, listen to Howard Stern?

Lawmakers apparently are set to make that the case. In the Pacific Northwest, two states are working on laws to prevent accidents while texting, which are becoming more frequent in this BlackBerry era. Washington State has a bill before its legislature; Oregon is trying to set a $720 fine for it; and Arizona is considering it too.

Some four states and D.C. limit cell phone use while driving, while 38 others are studying mandatory hands-free operation. Texting is the new frontier — a newer technology that isn’t illegal yet. Kind of like LSD used to be!

We faintly remember promises of in-car email and other telematics that would provide hands-free email readbacks. Could they ever make a comeback, if driving and texting are illegal? Ford and GM abandoned the idea over cost, but some enterprising supplier might see this twinkle in legislators’ eyes as a hint. Meanwhile, we’re just tapping Morse code into our Bluetooth earpiece and praying for the best.

DRIVING WHILE TEXTING: THE NEW DUI?—TheCarConnection.com

Legislators Aim At a New Misdeed On the Road: DWT--The Wall Street Journal

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