NHTSA & other regulators suggested a nationwide ban on texting while driving

NHTSA & other regulators suggested a nationwide ban on texting while driving
In the last couple of years, many states have adopted a ban on talking on a cell phone while operating a motor vehicle – attempting to thwart drivers from continuing the unsafe practice. Despite all of that, there are still some people that perform other tasks, like text messaging, that exemplifies yet another growing problem facing drivers everywhere. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) and other regulators suggested that there should be a nationwide ban against the process of texting while driving. Although some states already have a similar ban in effect, the NHTSA is doing what they can by providing a basic framework that can ultimately lay the foundations of a specific law for those states that don't have a ban in place. Getting caught in the act can prove to be a costly thing – garnering at least a $75 fine and possible actions to hinder their driving privileges; which was suggested by the NHTSA. If a serious accident was found to be the cause of texting, the NHTSA believes that charges should automatically be heightened to a felony. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood said in a statement, "Texting while driving, like talking on cell phones while driving, is an extremely dangerous and life-threatening practice." The seriousness of the current situation across the country really needs to be reevaluated by law officials and advocates so that proper measures are taken into the account for drivers that break the law surrounding texting while operating a motor vehicle.

source: CNN via Phonescoop

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10 Comments

1. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

Not gonna happen no way to prove it, unlike speeding where they have a speed detector to have physical proof you were speeding. unless that get a way to capture the driver texting on the road on camera there no creditibility to prove anything you get the he say she say ordeal.....so this will never be taken seriously

2. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

One of the ways it has been proven in the past is to match up the time of the accident to phone records

3. shimmyx20

Posts: 280; Member since: Mar 03, 2009

asdfsdfs

4. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

wouldnt that be invasion of privacy?

5. nosense

Posts: 53; Member since: Jul 19, 2009

Not is they reasons to believe that it is the cause of a major accident especially if someone has died because of it they can get a warrant to check the records

6. whocares

Posts: 235; Member since: Dec 19, 2009

i meant for just speeding lol yeah that is understandable

8. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

they would need a warrenty to check that phone that's a invasion of privacy a drug dealer won a case that way b/c they search his phone to find out he was selling and where the next drop but didn't have a warrenty to check or something like that, phonearena post that article a couple of months back.

7. Mateo8326

Posts: 472; Member since: Jul 15, 2009

yeah it an invasion of privacy they would need a warrent to search the phone

9. rwolf1984

Posts: 536; Member since: Jun 06, 2009

The PSAs and all the hoopla about texting, sexting, and texting while driving is totally overdone. I am disgusted. With so many other issues the government Federal, State, Local could be working on...this is an offical WTF moment! I would go as far to say millions of tax dollars are being wasted with lawmakers across the country wasting their time debating sexting, texting, and texting while driving. As well as all the ads. Its good to look out for the safety of others and for people to be responsible...but this is driving me crazy. There have been studies done that text bans along with red light ticket cameras do not curb the amount of accidents that happen annually. With out getting too political on phone arena. . .how about our government get back to governing. . .and that doesnt mean making laws and spending tax payer money for the sake of. Let nature sort out the responsible people from the irresponsible. . .evolution, population control, survival of the fitist! and yes the fitist can talk, text, email, twitter, myspace, facebook, gps, etc and operate a motor vehicle at the same time!

10. Duckster21

Posts: 1; Member since: Feb 23, 2010

Pretty soon we will lose another right in your car! This is a joke! Next they will be ripping radios out of cars and telling people they cannot talk to anyone on the car, or we will all travel alone.

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