[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving couldbecounter productive

Bill Kearney wkearney99 at hotmail.com
Mon Sep 19 05:41:33 PDT 2011

Stoppable.  In some jurisdictions it's not an offense for which they can 
stop you as the primary justification.  Here in Maryland they can't stop you 
for just the phone.  There has to be something else amiss.  And the few cops 
I spoke with didn't find it a great idea to have to use other traffic laws 
like 'reckless driving' as the primary reason.  While that covers quite a 
lot, the penalties for it are steep.  The sentiment I gathered was they'd 
prefer to avoid being that heavy-handed about it.

So no, "it isn't".  It should be.

-----Original Message----- 

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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