Number of states banning the practice doubles in 2009.
Wayne Gerdes - CleanMPG
- June 19, 2009
Texting while driving no more...
Washington, DC. -- Today, North Carolina Governor Bev Perdue signed a law banning all drivers from text messaging while driving. The Tar Heel State becomes the 14th state with this law. In just the first six months of 2009, seven new states have passed broad texting while driving bans, bringing the total to 14, plus the District of Columbia.
GHSA expects this number to continue to grow -- the 2009 state legislative season has already seen more than 200 proposed distracted driving regulations. According to GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha, "There's a tremendous amount of interest in state legislatures and the highway safety community in the distracted driving issue. Regardless of the law, texting and driving should not mix. We need to restore some common sense to driving."
Current state cell phone and text messaging bans as well as a variety of distracted driving background is posted at The Governors Highway Safety Association - Cell phone laws
The Governors Highway Safety Association (GHSA) is a nonprofit association representing the highway safety offices of states, territories, the District of Columbia and Puerto Rico. GHSA provides leadership and representation for the states and territories to improve traffic safety, influence national policy and enhance program management. Its members are appointed by their Governors to administer federal and state highway safety funds and implement state highway safety plans.