[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving could becounter productive

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Sep 19 04:24:55 PDT 2011


On Wed, Sep 14, 2011 at 12:37:23PM -0400, Bill Kearney wrote:

> I'd support making use of a phone while driving a primary offense.  I've  

It is.

> asked a few cops about it and they said very few tickets issued for it 
> ever go to trial.  But they can't write up as many as they see because 
> the motorists aren't, at that time, breaking any other traffic laws.  
> They offered some hesitation about having to use charges like reckless 
> driving as it seems a bit excessive.  They favored having it as an 
> offense that could be used to make a stop, as they felt that would do 
> more to deter the offense.  I'm not one to encourage police activity but 
> clearly the existing hands-free laws are not being effective at deterring 
> the crime.

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