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MD rejects ban on texting & driving

Discussion in 'Wireless News' started by Fire14, Mar 12, 2008.

  1. Fire14

    Fire14 Easy,Cheap & Sleazy
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    US State Rejects Ban on Texting While Driving

    An attempt to impose a ban on sending text messages or use a Blackberry in the US state of Maryland has failed to be passed into law. This was the second attempt to try and pass a law on this issue, and had been amended to permit sending messages in an emergency.

    The state does not currently have any bans on using a mobile phone while driving, so the proposed legislation had to specifically note that dialing a phone number would not be considered as typing a message on the handset.

    The bill would have proposed a fine of up to $500 per infraction.

    Opponents to the bill said that existing dangerous driving laws covered the issue adequately.

    US State Rejects Ban on Texting While Driving
     
  2. Kalimotxo

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    Exactly. With all of these laws comes the challenge of enforcement... how do you prove that someone was "texting" while driving? I think this is more for general awareness and is a deterrent more than anything else.
     
  3. T Sizzles

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    YES! I can still txt n drv!

    :D

    Not that I've ever done if while the car was in motion. At stop lights yes, but not while moving.
     
  4. Shizam76

    Shizam76 Shizam! Babyyyyy!
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    You can enforce this the same way you enforce a car going through a stop sign.....by the officer observing the violation.

    I would assume to enforce this, the officer can observe the driver talking on the phone....or observe the driver holding and pushing numbers on the phone (texting)

    But to write them for texting...you would have to ask them if they were texting, since seeing them holding the phone punching the numbers. If they say they weren't, then they get wrote for talking on the phone.....but for the most part, they will admit to what they were doing.
     
  5. Matt

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    Keep an eye out for me when I drive around Balto three times per week. Maybe we can text each other LOL.
     
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