Thursday, June 17, 2010

It's Illegal to Text in GA

I'm definitely against texting and driving. I once read something a long time ago about a study that discovered that texting and driving was worse than driving drunk. I definitely believe that considering texting takes your eyes away from the road where conditions can change in an instant. I personally try my best to only text when I reach my destination, at a red light or stuck in traffic...but I have been known to give a one word response (K) to babe while driving (I can do that considering I'm a better than average

Even though I feel this way, I am totally against the new law that bands texting in GA. Driving and texting should be a common sense law. Oprah, with her no texting/driving campaign has already, pretty much got every female to stop. Considering it is not against the law to dial a number and talk on the phone while driving, I think this law will be impossible to enforce accurately. It is impossible for a cop to differentiate between a person dialing a # and a person sending a text message. This law gives cops another BS reason to pull over people and give them a citation for simply holding a cell phone in their hand.

Official Law:

"No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, electronic mail, or Internet data."

The fine for offenders will be $150 and one point on their driver license, the new law goes into effect on July 1st, 2010.


Don said...

Definitely! Definitely should apply to the law of common sense, but we all know that it won't.

When I lived in Stone Mountain a few years back I could not believe the amount of traffic accidents witnessed. Many, I have to believe were due to something involving a cellphone.

I stopped the texting on the phone when I nearly became involved in an accident where, afterwards, I wanted to get out the car and kick my own ass!

If I could stop talking on the cell as much while driving ... I'd be in the game!

pd3 said...

I feel you Don....texting is more dangerous than driving drunk....I just don't feel it can be accurately enforced and gives the police another reason to pull a brother over.....if you have a's your word against theirs.