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POV | Texting is Not the Only Thing That Should Be Banned While Driving

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In this week's "Sunday Edition" story on WDRB.com, Jason Riley reports that while citations for texting while driving are up nearly 500 percent since it was outlawed in 2011, the conviction rate is lower than ever.

Why? Because while the law specifically forbids texting, it doesn't include any of the other ways drivers can distract themselves with their phones. And since officers can rarely swear they saw someone texting - as opposed to browsing the Internet, updating social media or taking a selfie - the offenders usually get off on a technicality.

I don't care if you're texting, talking or looking for directions, you shouldn't be doing it while driving, and the law should say that instead of being so narrow as to be unenforceable.

State Representative Tom Burch has introduced a bill that would bar any use of a hand-held cell phone by a driver whose car is in motion. Only hands-free devices would be allowed for making actual phone calls.

You'd think this would be a no-brainer. But Burch says he's failed in the past to get it out of committee because, he believes, "Most legislators want to talk on the phone while they're driving."

If that's the case, shame on them. The safety of all should always trump the inconvenience of a few, and putting real teeth into this law would save a lot of real lives.

Call and tell us what you think.

I'm Bill Lamb and that's my Point of View.

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