The FWBP article below reports on a legislative proposal to ban texting while driving. We've all read news reports about traffic accidents caused by motorists distracted while texting. I myself have been guilty of this practice in the past and can attest to the adverse effect on your driving performance (fortunately I didn't cause an accident).
I have mixed feelings about this proposed ban. I agree that texting is a traffic safety hazard. But, as we all know, so is gazing in the rear-view mirror to comb your hair, or eating lunch with one hand while the other grasps the steering wheel, or too-intense listening of your favorite music CD, or even prolonged staring at a pretty girl walking down a street while you're driving. Singling out texting as the accident culprit is in vogue because it is so prevalent and conspicuous a practice, I suppose.
Another concern I have is about the extent to which police will enforce the texting ban. Will police try to pull over every motorist who has his head turned downward just because he "might" be texting? Regulating traffic is one thing but regulating a motorist's behavior (other than DWI of DUI offenses) is far more difficult. We shall see if this bill passes.