Texting And Driving Ban Takes A Detour
The rule for driving is both hands on the steering wheel and eyes on the road. But with a phone in hand, drivers aren't doing either.
Trooper Kyle Borden sees it... not just a little...but all the time. It's texting and driving.
"The number of crashes I investigate where people aren't devoted to driving...I work around two a week.
Driving and talking on the cell phone is a distraction. Driver Dan Snead also realizes it's against the law.
"And we're all guilty of it and the thing is, we need to look at ourselves, and look from within, what we all have done and the bottom line is, it's something we all need to know of, and quite honestly the word needs to be put out that it is against the law.
It's a teaching moment for all of us and one that troopers find themselves doing often and that's educating the public. The bottom line is safety and trying to prevent crashes and fatalities.
"We do support any kind of law that would help ensure public safety," says Trooper Borden.
House Bill 1503 is one of several texting and driving bills introduced in the legislature.
"We still have a fighting chance," says Triple A's Danial Karnes.
Triple A is also involved in the effort.
"House Speaker Shannon says law enforcement says they can't enforce it, It's time he produces that law enforcement officer that said, 'I cannot enforce that law,' because quite frankly we've not found them," says Karnes.
Lobbying interests will have to go further to get the bill out of committee to be voted on by the full house. It's time that our constituents in the state contact their representative if they're supportive of this bill.