Commentary: Texting drivers more deadly than drunks

Lexington Herald-LeaderDecember 29, 2009 

A growing number of states are enacting laws banning texting while driving. Some of the laws cover everyone; some are limited to drivers 21 years old or younger.

If enacted, a bill in the U.S. Senate would require all states to ban texting by drivers within two years or forfeit 25 percent of their federal highway money each year.

Kentucky lawmakers shouldn't wait for Congress to force them into action. They ought to enact a ban during the 2010 General Assembly, preferably with legislation that applies to all drivers, not just the younger ones. Young folks at least have the benefit of quicker reactions.

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