Momentum building to ban texting behind wheel

Momentum is building more than ever for banning texting while driving, although it remains to be seen how related issues like auto insurance costs and even compliance with such laws will be affected.

Momentum is building more than ever for banning texting while driving, although it remains to be seen how related issues like auto insurance costs and even compliance with such laws will be affected.

A recent Baltimore Sun article cited a texting law taking effect this week. However, even people who think the law is a good idea admit that it will be difficult to enforce.

"We do it so much it feels like second nature. Everyone I know texts while driving, and we know it's bad, but it's hard to stop," graduate student Caitlin Caldwell told the newspaper.

With 18 states already banning texting, the American Automobile Association announced a new effort this week seeking to have the practice banned in all 50 states by 2013. Some leading industry organizations have also come out in favor of such a ban in recent months, while public opinion polls also generally show support for the idea.

Members of Congress have also gotten on board with their own legislation that would ban texting while driving in all 50 states.

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Posted: September 29, 2009

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