A person shall not drive a motor vehicle while using an electronic wireless communications device to write, send, or read a text-based communication, unless the electronic wireless communications device is specifically designed and configured to allow voice-operated and hands-free operation to dictate, send, or listen to a text-based communication, and it is used in that manner while driving.
(c) For purposes of this section, a person shall not be deemed to be writing, reading, or sending a text-based communication if the person reads, selects, or enters a telephone number or name in an electronic wireless communications device for the purpose of making or receiving a telephone call or if a person otherwise activates or deactivates a feature or function on an electronic wireless communications device.
Sources: MSNBC, Mercury News
quote: And here you are wanting to add more people to our jails for getting into an accident.
quote: Texting is no different than any other form of reckless driving or moving violation.
quote: Your post is a well constructed rant, but it contradicts itself in many places.
quote: Texting while driving is unbelieably moronic, and absolutely does NOT fall into the "accident" category. Same goes from drinking and driving. An example of a traffic accident is when you swerve to miss debris in the road and strike another car, ditch, etc.
quote: Better enforcement? We have the highest percentage of our population in prisons than anywhere else in the entire world. I would say that's pretty damn good enforcement. At some point we need to step back and examine what's going on here.
quote: People who can't maintain their lane and swerve all about. It irritates me to no end. I wouldn't, however, want them to go from an innocent fool to a hardened fool.
quote: What in the hell ever happened to banishment?! And why don't we put people to death for very serious crimes (murder, rape, molestation, etc)?! It's about time this country got off the pussified "feel good" mentality and take care of business.
quote: If someone kills someone while texting (which in itself is hard to prove, unlike drinking)
quote: Revoking their license on the spot though, I'm not sure. For a first offense, not at all.)
quote: So, to address this--provide incentives to phone companies via tax breaks if they come up with ways to block people from texting while in the car.
quote: There is no wiggle room for that.
quote: You are kidnapped by a group of thugs, and they throw you in the backseat.
quote: I think it's impossible to block such things without a massive invasion of privacy and freedom.
quote: You forget that kids can still be major fools as their decision making ability is far from fully developed. Most people don't even develop empathy until their twenties.
quote: What we can say, however, is the preconditions that we have been exposing our young ones for generations in this nation (since maybe the 60's) have lead to a sharp rise in the "not my fault" mentality.
quote: Absolutely! But they certainly know the consequences of certain actions, and if they make it to driving age without understanding the dangers of motor vehicles, then they never (ever) need to get behind the wheel.
quote: but that doesn't mean we need to "ease up" on any sentence of PROVEN negligence that results in death or serious injury. Wtf are you smoking?
quote: Okay so after you throw all the texting drivers in jail, who's next? What are we going to criminalize next?
quote: You're so stupidly liberal I can't even talk to you about this.
quote: You make texting drivers seem like murderous psychopaths.
quote: Loss of a loved one? Good one, milk the sympathy card as much as you can.
quote: Your opening rant just said throw everyone in jail who text's while driving.
quote: Then you said we need better enforcement, not more laws. Hey genius, that would require NEW LAWS,
quote: making accidents where texting is involved criminal negligence or murder 2
quote: You want 45% of the country in jails?
quote: Actually I don't like titles, but I pretty much a hardcore conservative.
quote: I think people who have no regard for human life should be thrown out of civilized society.
quote: However, if you are found guilty of killing someone due to negligence, that's one step below murder in my book.
quote: No regard for life? Really? How can you say that with a straight face.
quote: Texting while driving is just the newest "crisis" being exploited by those who want more power over us, broader "law enforcement" mandates, etc etc. And you're buying it hook, line, sinker. Yeah, you're a real conservative buddy.
quote: I don't feel the need to label everyone a violent criminal to make my points. And I don't think being "Conservative" means we have a goal of throwing everyone in jail
quote: Keep those straw men coming, they are starting to amuse me. You need to change your name to: Douche77
quote: It's nothing that sinister. People do things without thinking it through. And we all do things on the road we shouldn't because we don't think it will happen to us. And because most of the time it doesn't happen to us, we'll keep on doing them.
quote: because you keep ignoring that INTENT is a major factor in any criminal or legal proceeding.
quote: Plus it's not really that big of a deal
quote: In the eyes of the law these ARE "accidents", like it or not.
quote: Again, here we go. My entire family died because 17 year old Becca couldn't wait 5 minutes to send that text.
quote: However, if you are found guilty of killing someone due to negligence, that's one step below murder in my book. You know the saying: "if you want to murder someone, just kill them with your motor vehicle and claim it was an "accident".
quote: As for the overcrowding prisons problem... What in the hell ever happened to banishment?! And why don't we put people to death for very serious crimes (murder, rape, molestation, etc)?! It's about time this country got off the pussified "feel good" mentality and take care of business. I'm tired of having to wonder daily if I will make it back from my commute because someone absolutely cannot wait to send "lol" to their bff.
quote: All of this is really commons sense stuff. Are you really suggesting that molesting a child deserves anything less than an immediate death sentence after the verdict? Where have our morals gone?
quote: This is exactly where the argument falls apart: it is actually MORE costly to administer the death penalty than to lock up and throw away the key,
quote: There is no "cheap" death penalty in a democratic society!
quote: You can most definitely draw lines between negligence and accidents.
quote: So let me get this right... if someone gets into a collision because they are fumbling to get a CD into the tray, they not at fault because it is a "natural distraction"? That's more than laughable.
quote: Yeah more people in Jail. 25% of the world prison population is in the U.S.A. and you want to put people in Jail for texting on the road?
quote: they feel the need to justify their existence by constantly passing NEW laws.