Federal government to discuss texting while driving measures - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

8/4/09

Federal government to discuss texting while driving measures

By Cassie Hataway | email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - Texting while driving has become a big enough problem that the Transportation Secretary is planning a summit to find solutions.  It's set for next month and will include transportation officials, safety advocates, law enforcement, and academics. 

The summit will not address texting only but anything that takes your eyes off the road, like using a GPS system.  Fourteen states and the District of Columbia have already passed laws making texting while driving illegal.  

Transportation secretary Ray LaHood says, "This is a huge problem in America, and we have learned that the model for solving problems like this is .08 [legally drunk blood alcohol level] and the way that's been implemented, and also 'Click it or Ticket.'  So we hope our summit will provide the kind of recommendations that we can take to the American people, and solve this very, very critical problem." 

LaHood adds that, "If it were up to me, I would ban drivers from texting immediately.  But we've learned from our efforts to get people to wear seat belts, and to persuade people not to drink and drive, that laws aren't always enough.  Often you need to combine education with enforcement to get results".

For cell phone laws in each state go to (click here).

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