Safe Family: Cell Phones and Driving

By: Ryan Loyd Email
By: Ryan Loyd Email

Have you wondered what the laws are for cell phone use and driving at the same time? Only a handful of states have enacted laws against it. Many more states are now considering it. And others only have certain restrictions, like Texas. The law in the Lone Star State restricts bus drivers from talking and driving at the same time (when passengers 17 and younger are present). Also, intermediate license holders for the first six months are also restricted from driving and talking at the same time.

In Oklahoma, there are currently no restrictions.

Some people have become used to the idea of concentrating on the road. Amy McGrath, an Anna resident, says her complete attention is on the road. She had a bad experience while talking and driving.

"I've been on the phone at a stop light and I went before it was green," she said. McGrath is convinced when you talk and drive, your brain literally can't focus. On the day she ran the red light, she thought it was green because the person on the other end of the line answered her call.

Police also say that talking and driving is dangerous, and can put you and others in harms way. Police reports that detail traffic accidents now include a box for ‘CELL PHONE’. An officer can check that box if it's suspected that a person's cell phone was a contributing factor to an accident.

"[It's] because we've had so many accidents where cell phones have been a result. Now texting is so big. You're having to look at your phone and type," said Sherman Police Sgt. Bruce Dawsey.

"Anytime we can reduce the number of accidents, that's what we'd like to see."

For a complete list of state-by-state laws, visit the link below.

What action should be taken by legislators on driving while using a cell phone?

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