LETTER: Don’t trivialize ban on texting while driving
To the Editor:
Since studies consistently show that the risk of an accident is at least as high for a texting driver as one who is drunk, let us see how the texting ban bill shapes up if it were applied to drunk driving.
Drunk driving is a misdemeanor punishable by a $25 fi ne, and no local jurisdiction can enact an ordinance regulating drunk driving.
Police offi cers cannot pull a driver over solely on suspicion of drunk driving, cannot administer breathalyzer testing and cannot seize open bottles in the vehicle.
Proponents of the bill do have a point in that no law, no matter how draconian the penalties it carries, can change behavior without a change in culture. However, no advertising campaign will have any effect on the culture if the behavior to be changed is trivialized — and that is just what the current bill does.