Not just texting but many believe cell use altogether is wrong while driving


POSTED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 4:47am

UPDATED: Wednesday, December 1, 2010 - 7:14am

several bills to ban or limit wireless phone use while driving already have been filed

AUSTIN, Texas —  According to the Austin-Statesman an article by associated press writer Jim Vertuno explains that many texans believe texting and talking on phones while driving is getting worse and that roads are less safe than they were five years ago, despite declines in accident deaths. A survey by the Texas Transportation Institute found that 52 percent of Texas drivers would support a law banning mobile phone use while driving.

Our colleagues with the Houston Chronicle mentioned that Texas lawmakers convene the 2011 legislative session in January. Several bills to ban or limit wireless phone use while driving already have been filed.

Bernie Fette, senior research specialist for the Texas transportation institute said, "People feel threatened" by drivers talking or texting on the road.   She added that the survey conducted mentioned nothing about drivers personal driving behavior and that they are more cautious in the behaviors of other drivers around them.

Some legislative officials in Austin believe that banning cell phone use while driving would create harsher punishment on drivers who violate the laws especially in school zones.  While others would prefer more of the hands-free devices while driving, although it gives no guarantees to the texting problem.

Another survey was also done where security cameras at red light in major cities would crackdown more on violators that not only ran the red lights but also caused traffic backflow due to texting at red light intersections.

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This is true. Even hands free your attention is split between your conversation and the road.

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