KQV AM 1410

KQV Editorial

The Perils of Texting!

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     With all of the complaints and criticisms leveled at our state legislature, it should be pointed out that occasionally they get something right.  We should emphasis occasionally!

     We are referring to the action of the House Transportation Committee in unanimously approving a bill sponsored by Democrat Joe Markosek of Monroeville to prohibit text messaging while driving.

     While this seems to be a very logical step in the right direction and something that no one could oppose, we do have a minority opposition saying that this is an infringement on our civil rights.

     Such opposition has us scratching our heads.  Who could be opposed to fining a driver $50 for operating a keyboard while sitting behind the wheel of a moving vehicle? 

     In our opinion, all states should enact a ban on using hand-held cell phones while driving.  It has been proved that cell phones being used when driving is a major hazard of the highways and streets.  The probability of a driver having an accident either while texting or talking on a cell phone while driving is an established statistic.

     While there’s no question that drunk drivers are an overwhelming danger on the road, texter and cell phone users while driving are also an ever-present danger.  Logic tells us that people, knowing the danger, would avoid, like the plague, texting and cell phone use while operating a vehicle.  But such is not the case.  Almost daily we hear of accidents caused by these two functions.

     The primary abusers of the texting craze are teenagers.  The American Automobile Association says that 47% of teenagers text while driving!  That’s frightening!  In our opinion, driving is dangerous under normal circumstances without having texting and cell phones added to the equation.

     It seems only logical that our state legislators will follow through on both issues and will pass legislation which will minimize and eventually eliminate these dangers.

     In the meantime, we support the action taken by the House Transportation Committee as a good first step!





Robert W. Dickey


KQV Newsradio
November 13, 14, 15, 2009                                   

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