Mississippi Senate looking to ban texting while driving
During the 2011 Legislative sessions, various texting while driving bans were drafted, but unfortunately none were adopted. Nevertheless, at least three new texting bans will be making the rounds during this year’s Legislative session.
Sponsored by Sen. Billy Hudson, SB 2121 appears to be the toughest proposition. More than banning texting while driving, it would prohibit drivers from using a cell phone without a hands-free device, and additionally, ban young drivers from using their cell phone from their vehicle. Violating the law would result in a $500 fine, which would double if the drivers were to cause an accident.
“There are just so many bad things that can happen when drivers are distracted by their phones,” said Sen. Hudson.
The other two proposals so far, SB 2122 and 2240, would only outlaw text messages while driving. Sen. Nancy Collins, the woman behind SB 2240, said she was reminded of the importance of the issue by a high school student who had made texting while driving his senior project.
“What we want is increased safety,” she said. “You have to pay attention.”
Mississippi currently bans bus drivers, as well as rivers with an intermediate license, a temporary learning permit or a temporary driving permit, from texting while driving.
Source: Clarion Ledger, February 3, 2012