Laws target teens texting and driving

Filed under: Teens, Health & Safety: Babies, Gadgets, That's Entertainment

In my experience, talking on a cell-phone while driving is dangerous. I used to do it and many times found myself at my destination having no recollection of actually driving there because I was yakking on my phone the whole time. Maybe it is just me, but that proves that talking on a phone a driving don't mix. What's worse than driving and talking? Driving and texting.

While there is scant scientific evidence of the hazards of texting and driving, common sense says it is dangerous. And since it is inexperienced teen drivers who are most likely to be doing this, some states are considering laws that would ban them from using electronic devices while operating a vehicle.

California already bans drivers of all ages from holding a cell-phone while driving, but is considering legislation that would specifically ban 16 and 17-year-olds from using cell phones, text messaging devices, laptop computers, pagers, walkie-talkies and hand-held computers while driving - even those with hands-free devices.

This makes a lot of sense to me, but of course, there are some who disagree. Opponents of this type of legislation say that teen-specific laws such as this are an example of government's meddling in private behavior and that teaching proper driving skills is a parent's job, not the state's. California Senator Tom McClintock opposes it for that reason and more - he says parents need to be able to reach their children at any time, even when their kids are driving.

Personally, I would rather wait a few minutes while my child pulled over to return my call than to have her talk to me while she's driving. Plus, telling your child not to do something has a whole lot more weight behind it when it is also against the law.

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Start by teaching him that it is safe to do so.