Distracted Drivers Cause Accidents, So Texting Must Stop

We must act to benefit all motorists, argues Rep. Carolyn McCarthy.

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While some states, including New York, have taken it upon themselves to ban the practice within their borders, others still lack effective and prudent measures to curb this behavior. What makes a nationwide ban so important is the fact that distracted driving is a practice that is not isolated within particular states. Inconsistent laws across our country serve only to confuse drivers and embolden those who text and drive. Each day that passes without an effective nationwide ban represents a day that drivers and passengers are put at risk.

Often, it is the legality of an issue that is the impetus to effect behavioral change. For those in states that do not ban texting, there is little incentive to encourage people to stop, aside from an accident itself. We in Congress have an opportunity to create this law and keep our federal regulations up to date with evolving technology's unintended dangers.

As a mother, nurse for over 30 years, and member of Congress, I believe that the ALERT Drivers Act can and will deter roadway accidents and fatalities for novice and experienced drivers alike. These preventable risks simply cannot stand as they do today.

Read why a law would be unenforceable, by Radley Balko, senior editor of Reason magazine.

What do you think? Should Texting While Driving Be Against the Law?

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