Mississippi House Rejects Texting While Driving Bans
Well Mississippi drivers can go back to texting away while driving says the State House of Representatives. In a Bill that was heavily compromised on where fines would be kept low and and only be a civil offense, the Bill was killed in the closing minutes of the 2014 session. I’m pretty conservative in many of my view points but I strongly disagree with this one. Opponents say that texting isn’t any more distracting than any other form of distracted driving but texting is a lot more main stream and common. Eating Taco Bell, which I swear tastes better while driving (probably because you cannot focus on what the meat looks like) is just as distracting but how often do you eat while driving compared to what you would be texting? This seems like a no brainer to me but what do I know. Apparently 6 other states are smarter than me too and also allow texting while driving.
I have been eating behind the wheel ever since I started driving. And aside from the distraction of a paper wrapper temporarily blocking my view, or a big blob of special sauce dropping on my silk tie, I have never been what I would call distracted. As you noted, you can’t see the meat in that taco cause your eyes are on the road and your mouth is working on the food. True multitasking.
But texting is a whole different story. If I am trying to finish a text or reply with a simple two or three word text, I will only attempt if I am on a road with no cars in front or behind me in either direction (never when I am on a highway going over 45 mph). And no matter how hard I try, even on a straight road, I will find myself drifting towards the double yellow line or the curb. It may just be my lack of experience with texting and driving (versus my abundant experience with eating), but I am well aware of my limitations, and therefore act accordingly.
This is silly for politicians to waste time debating. Driving is a privilege, not a right. And texting should not be a part of driving, period. I may have different opinions for hands free calling or navigation, but there is no compromise on texting. It should be illegal everywhere.