New bill could make texting while driving illegal nationwide

A bill introduced in the U.S. Senate today seeks to make text messaging while driving illegal. The bill is sponsored by Democratic Senators Charles E. Schumer (NY), Robert Menendez (NJ), Mary Landrieu (LA), and Kay Hagan (NC) and impels states to draft laws that ban texting while driving, or otherwise face a 25% cut in their annual highway budget. Such laws have already been passed in 14 states and the District of Columbia.

Schumer on Monday unveiled a similar piece of legislation that seeks to ban text messaging for public transit drivers. The bills cite research by The American Medical Association which say that texting while driving constitutes a public health risk and increases the amount of time the driver's eyes are off the road by 400%.

Once the bill becomes a law, the transportation Secretary will have six months to issue legal guidelines, and states will have two years to approve their new laws.

The bill which was approved in Maryland's Senate by a margin of 43 to 4 made it a misdemanor to read, write or send a text message while operating a vehicle. While only a secondary offense (like driving without a seat belt in some states,) it is still punishable by a fine of up to $500. Police officers cannot pull a driver over for a secondary offense alone, but if a driver is speeding or driving erratically, he can be pulled over for that violation and then cited for texting.

Source: BetaNews

Tags: mobile phones

Comments
Add comment

Your name:
Sign in with:
or
Your comment:


Enter code:

E-mail (not required)
E-mail will not be disclosed to the third party


Last news

 
 
Highlights of the new feature update include a tweaked interface with Fluent Design elements
 
It’s now open to third-party developers and designed for smart home devices
 
Prices start at $1499 for the 13.5-inch model and $2499 for the 15-inch model
 
Users claim the Start menu isn’t working after the upgrade
 
It will release its first all-purpose AI chips by the end of 2017
 
Android 8.1 Oreo arriving on Pixel phones "in the coming weeks"
 
The Snapdragon 636 also comes with support for modern ultra-wide FHD+ displays
The Samsung Galaxy A5 (2017) Review
The evolution of the successful smartphone, now with a waterproof body and USB Type-C
February 7, 2017 /
Samsung Galaxy TabPro S - a tablet with the Windows-keyboard
The first Windows-tablet with the 12-inch display Super AMOLED
June 7, 2016 /
Keyboards for iOS
Ten iOS keyboards review
July 18, 2015 /
Samsung E1200 Mobile Phone Review
A cheap phone with a good screen
March 8, 2015 / 4
Creative Sound Blaster Z sound card review
Good sound for those who are not satisfied with the onboard solution
September 25, 2014 / 2
Samsung Galaxy Gear: Smartwatch at High Price
The first smartwatch from Samsung - almost a smartphone with a small body
December 19, 2013 /
 
 

News Archive

 
 
SuMoTuWeThFrSa
1234567
891011121314
15161718192021
22232425262728
293031    




Poll

Do you use microSD card with your phone?
or leave your own version in comments (4)