Albany, NY – Support for Ban on Drivers Texting Renewed


    Albany, NY – In the wake of a crash that killed five teens, several state lawmakers reaffirmed their support for a bill that would ban drivers from writing, sending or reading text messages on cell phones.

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    Police said Friday that a phone owned by the driver in that fatal accident, Bailey Goodman, was used to make a call and to send and receive text messages in the three minutes prior to the crash in Ontario County, as was reported here on Vos Iz Neias.

    The horrific accident serves as evidence that stricter laws are needed to govern the fairly new practice of text messaging, lawmakers said.

    "Text messaging is like second nature to young people," Sen. Carl Marcellino, R-Syosset, Nassau County, said. "However, there are times when the consequences of texting can be deadly. The deaths of these five young people from Fairport illustrates this danger."

    The bill would prohibit the writing, sending or reading of text messages on mobile phones while driving, Marcellino said.

    Marcellino cited a recent Zogby Poll that showed 66 percent of people between the ages of 18 and 24 send text messages while behind the wheel.

    Sen. James Alesi, R-Perinton, said he had planned to wait until more time had passed after the tragedy before adding his weight behind the legislation. [DemocratandChronicle]

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    16 years ago

    texting is like second nature to teens, so what? So is eating a hero sandwich second nature and dangerous when driving.