Thu, April 09

Texting law is common sense

Years ago there were lawmakers opposed to mandatory seat belt laws in Arizona.

They claimed it amounted to too much government intrusion. They argued that you can't legislate personal responsibility or even common sense.

This past week, we heard those same old tired and senseless argument win out in the debate over proposed legislation that would have made it illegal to send or receive text messages while driving.

It's true that you can't force people to be responsible or to exercise common sense through the passage of a new law. But at the same time, once these knuckleheads have been zinged with a fine a couple of times, the pocketbook implications of not buckling up takes precedent over common sense or personal responsibility.

The wisdom of wearing seat belts goes both ways. If you are the victim of another driver's carelessness, wearing that seat belt very well could save your life. Likewise, if you are the cause of a serious crash, you'll pray that the folks in the other vehicle are strapped in and you won't have their deaths hanging over your head.

Seat belt laws save lives, and those are the most important kinds of laws to have on the books.

So goes the argument against sending and/or receiving text messages while driving. Multi-tasking may be an admirable skill in the workplace, but when you're driving, it's best to stick to the task at hand, and the two primary rules of driving are to keep your hands on the steering wheel and your eyes on the road.

Those who think they can send and read text messages while driving are irresponsible and sadly lacking in common sense.

And that's exactly why we need laws protecting us from such people.

Lawmakers who think otherwise are equally irresponsible and lacking in common sense.

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