Coalition Supports Bill to Ban Teenage Texting While Driving
Legislation Aims To Promote Improved Safety By Protecting Motorists From Distracted Drivers
Led by State Senate Pro Tempore
Department of Public Safety Commissioner
Lawmakers are considering a
Under the legislation, violators of the texting ban could be fined up to
“This legislation is a good first step,” Hewes said in urging passage of the bill. “It is our role as leaders to step in where there is an absence of policy. This language protects motorists while at the same time recognizing the benefits of cellular innovation. We, as parents, enjoy a greater level of comfort knowing our children can call if they have a flat, an accident or any other emergency. At the same time, good defensive driving requires the full attention of the driver.”
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration,
While some wireless carriers are opposed to any restrictions on cell phone use while driving, Cellular South strongly supports the legislation and a ban on text messaging by all drivers, according to
Knight said texting while driving is one of many well-known and proven potential driving distractions, including drowsiness, personal grooming, eating, and reading. “We believe that safe, sensible and limited use of a cell phone when you’re behind the wheel is possible. There are certainly inappropriate times to make or take a call and your number one priority is always operating the vehicle safely,” he said.
“Responsible policy marries the interest of public safety with the ability of business to compete and thrive,” Knight said. “As the father of two teenage drivers, I know driving is a privilege, having a cell phone is also a privilege – both entail responsibility and must be earned on an on-going basis.”
If adopted, the Mississippi Department of Public Safety plans to enforce the texting while driving prohibition as a primary law. “This prohibition on texting by teenagers while driving can and will save lives,” said Commissioner
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