[FoRK] Laws that ban texting while driving couldbecounter productive

Eugen Leitl eugen at leitl.org
Mon Sep 19 05:57:56 PDT 2011

On Mon, Sep 19, 2011 at 08:41:33AM -0400, Bill Kearney wrote:
> 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.

It should be, and it is: http://www.cellular-news.com/car_bans/

(Just poking fun at people automatically assuming everybody lives
in the US; disregard)

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