STAFF BLOG THE N.D. CAPITOL AND BEYOND Senate passes amended texting while driving bill
BISMARCKIt looks like North Dakota is headed for a statewide texting while driving ban after all.
After lengthy debate, the state Senate voted 32-15 to approve the proposal after softening the penalt... Posted on 3/28/11 at 2:53 PM
A new poll says 63 percent of those under 30 acknowledge driving while using a handheld phone and 30 percent say they've sent text messages while behind the wheel. For those over 30, the percentages were 41 percent on the phone and 9 percent texting.
Proposals to ban texting by North Dakota motorists and to impose new restrictions on teenage drivers have picked up support in the Legislature, which has previously rejected both ideas, an Associated Press survey found.
By banning texting while driving, the Grand Forks City Council did the right thing. Short of sleeping while driving, almost nothing pulls a driver’s attention off the road quite like reading and tapping out text messages.
But there’s one odd and unsettling note in all this furor: crash statistics.
Text messaging is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle, yet survey after survey shows that an alarming number of drivers do it.
AAA applauds the Grand Forks City Council for taking a serious look at the issue and the Fargo Police Department for banning the activity by its employees.
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