Should drivers be banned from texting? - WKRN News 2

Should drivers be banned from texting?

Most would agree sending text messages while driving is dangerous and it should be illegal.  In Tennessee, however, it is not.

A bill recently introduced in the State Legislature banning texting while driving was killed when it reached a House sub committee.

Lauren Sanders openly admits to sending text messages while driving, although she knows she shouldn't do it.

"I am a horrible person... [Because] it is something to do when you drive," she told News 2.

While she does it, Sanders said she favors a law that would make texting while driving illegal.

Shelbyville lawmaker Jim Tracy sponsored the legislation.

"My reason for doing it is to make people think about it.  It is a $50 fine, plus court costs," he told News 2.  "They are upset with it and they are tired with it and it is messed up."

The bill was killed on March 18 in a House sub committee.

A member of that committee said the bill was tabled until at least next year so it could be further studied and more law enforcement officers could weigh in on possible problems, like how to enforcement the law.

Legislator Ben West said that he was on the sub committee that killed the bill.

He said he voted for it then and he plans to raise the issue again next year because it will save lives.

Currently only two states, Washington and New Jersey, prohibit driving while texting.

Last year, 66% of drivers between the ages of 18 and 24 said they text while they drive.

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