It is estimated that the average time a driverâ€™s eyes are off the road while texting is nearly 5 seconds, or about the length of a football field when traveling 55 mph. Texting while driving is one of the leading causes of traffic accidents. In 2009, nearly half a million Americans were injured, and 5,000 people killed, in car accidents that involved distracted drivers. A texting driver is 23 times more likely to get into an accident than one who is not. Still, statistics show that many young drivers continue to text. Surveys have found that half of our drivers younger than 35, and 86% of all teens have driven while distracted even though 84% of these teens knew it is dangerous. Many states now have laws in which texting while driving is a secondary offense, meaning a driver would have to also commit another infraction like speeding to justify getting pulled over. Safety advocates endorse primary-offense laws that would allow police to pull over anyone they saw texting while driving, as they can a motorist not wearing a seatbelt.
H.R.1664 – Distracted Driving Prevention Act of 2013
I oppose reforming texting policy and wish to defeat H.R.1664
I support prohibiting a driver from using a cell phone to text or call while driving, except when using a hands-free device by a driver who is at least 18 years old; making violation of the law a primary offense; requiring distracted driving issues to be tested as part of the state’s driver’s license examination; establishing minimum fines and increased civil and criminal penalties, and wish to pass H.R.1664