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Texting While Driving

Feb 11th 2013 at 2:03 PM

I would like to get some input from readers on this topic. Some of you live in Florida where our legislature is considering a bill that would ban texting while driving. Some of you live in states where this is already the law. Is this a good thing or a bad thing?

“Only Florida and a handful of other states have done nothing to keep drivers from texting while they're behind the wheels of their vehicles.  Polls show overwhelming public support for the ban. Law enforcement groups, medical authorities, Florida businesses, telecommunications companies, car dealers and manufacturers, the AAA and the AARP all want it done.”

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I want to clarify that I do support banning texting while driving.  However, here is my issue: pretty much every Law Enforcement vehicle has a laptop in the front seat.  Why is it OK for law enforcement officers to drive around using that laptop all day, but I cannot use my phone?  Do they get a microchip placed in their head at the Police Academy that makes them more alert than me?  I don’t think so.

Just a week ago as I was walking down a sidewalk to my favorite lake, I witnessed a police car heading towards me veer off the road.  As he approached, I could see through the windshield that he was using that laptop.  In 2007, I went on a police “ride along” in which they take a regular citizen out for a shift.  The officer I was with never stopped using that laptop.

If we are going to ban texting while driving, how about using your GPS? That is also distracting.  How about using your phone, looking up a contact is just as distracting as texting.  There are many other activities you could add to this list: using a map, putting on makeup, drinking coffee, etc.  Where does this stop?

I want to reiterate that I do support banning the use of electronic devices in our cars, but only when they take the laptops out of law enforcement vehicles.

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Feb 3rd 2017 at 11:34 PM by loemrntdherid1
   

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