POV | Texting While Driving Needs More Attention (4/8/14)
I read recently that a single text takes an average of 4.6 seconds to read. Doesn't sound like much, until you consider that a car going 55 miles an hour will travel the length of a football field in those same 4.6 seconds.
Texting while driving is now against the law in Kentucky and 39 other states. But while estimates say some sort of digital device usage contributes to around one in four auto accidents, we still have no nationwide standards for investigating such accidents and apportioning blame accordingly.
This strikes me as a case of hoping that the mere passage of a law will be enough to make people obey it. And we all know how likely that is. Considering the potential deadly consequences of violating this law, it's one the police and courts should be paying more attention to. Not less.
I realize it's not easy to prove someone was using a cell phone at the time of an accident. But it's not impossible. As potential evidence, phones are fair game to be confiscated by officers on the scene of an accident, and the technology exists to allow forensic experts to determine the exact times of all calls, emails and texts. In my book, this should become standard procedure in every severe accident case.
But what do think? Do you agree? Or would this be an unacceptable invasion of privacy?
Call and tell us.
I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.
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