In response to the editorial question in the Sun-Sentinel , “ Is it OK to text while driving?,” Martin Jacobson, sergeant with Stuart Police Department, commented that creating legislation that cannot be enforced will not solve the problem. He argues that it would cost police officers more time in court testifying against texting drivers. He believes it would be difficult to prove the infraction was committed and that officers should focus instead on enforcing laws that are already in existence.
Since August 1, 2011, North Dakota has banned texting while driving. To cite drivers that are texting, Fargo PD watched cars at a busy intersection and watched signs of distracted driving. Drivers that are determined to be driving and texting are then pulled over by another cruiser. The tactic is set up like a speed trap and has cited over 17 drivers over a two day period.
Nowadays everybody owns a cellphone and it is considered out of the norm to be without one. Since the rise of cellphone usage there has also been a rise of car accidents. Unlike making a phone call, texting requires the user to look away from the road therefore being distracted from possible danger. In the article, “Laws and Programs to Stop Texting and Driving,” posted and published online by Fox 10 TV, several laws and programs have been put in place to stop texting while driving. Recently in Alabama it is considered against the law to text while driving.
A North Carolina has found that teenage drivers in the state actually text while operating a vehicle more than before the ban on texting and driving was enacted two years ago. Teens who text are significantly more likely to get into accidents than others. The abuse of the ban is being blamed on the difficulty of enforcing no texting laws and lack of danger awareness on the part of teens.
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Many teens ignoring N.C. cellphone ban, study shows
In the city of Bridgeport, texting while driving became banned on July 1st, while making calls on hand held phones while driving was to be banned in one year. However, on Monday evening the city council of Bridgeport decided that there was no need for the wait and they have immediately banned the use of hand held phones while driving. Using a hands-free device is permitted, but texting or using a hand held while driving will now result in a fine.