Iowa Panel Backs Texting While Drivin...

Iowa Panel Backs Texting While Driving Ban

There are 17 comments on the WHOtv story from Feb 10, 2010, titled Iowa Panel Backs Texting While Driving Ban. In it, WHOtv reports that:

A House committee has approved a limited ban on motorists using their cell phones to send text messages while motoring down the highway.

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Jocelyn

Des Moines, IA

#1 Feb 10, 2010
I agree with Mr. Wagner. How is this even enforceable?
dave in des moines

Bettendorf, IA

#2 Feb 10, 2010

I think the state of Iowa should pass a law giving users a text message service bill of rights when dealing with their cell phone provider. Currently, the least expensive way to have text message service is to sign up for 24/7 service.
Many times parents provide their teenage children with a cell phone. Perhaps students drive to and from school certain hours of the day. Perhaps these students use the car to and from schools’ sporting events. I feel the best way to prevent these kids from texting while driving is to not have any text message service at those times.
It would be nice if parents could just allow a menu of hours for when the text message service is turned on. They could choose hours of the day students are not on the road.
Please pass a new state law where users could choose partial times when the text message is turned on - at a partial fee compared to the 24/7 service.
Joe Lynch

AOL

#3 Feb 10, 2010
Texsting like the use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle,should be illegal and enforced by the strictest of laws of our State of Iowa. Texting like the use of cellphones has been proven to be the cause of many accidents and numerous fatalities.

In my opinion the fines for using cellphones in a moving vehicle should be at least $500 for each incident.Posasable revocation of drivers license should be considered for repeat violators....
michael

Urbandale, IA

#4 Feb 10, 2010
texting while driving is more dangerous than drunk driving.your odds of having an accident are twice as that of an impaired driver
Teach responsibility

San Francisco, CA

#5 Feb 10, 2010
Joe Lynch wrote:
Texsting like the use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle,should be illegal and enforced by the strictest of laws of our State of Iowa. Texting like the use of cellphones has been proven to be the cause of many accidents and numerous fatalities.
In my opinion the fines for using cellphones in a moving vehicle should be at least $500 for each incident.Posasable revocation of drivers license should be considered for repeat violators....
Ok. So what if you get a call from an unknown number but you haven't heard from your kid in awhile. You answer it wondering if their cell is dead or something. Turns out is the ER something happened to your kid. Cop sees you driving down the street bam you get pulled over wasting 45 mins you need to get to the hospital and a 500 dollar fine.
Teach responsibility

San Francisco, CA

#6 Feb 10, 2010
Joe Lynch wrote:
Texsting like the use of cell phones while driving a motor vehicle,should be illegal and enforced by the strictest of laws of our State of Iowa. Texting like the use of cellphones has been proven to be the cause of many accidents and numerous fatalities.
In my opinion the fines for using cellphones in a moving vehicle should be at least $500 for each incident.Posasable revocation of drivers license should be considered for repeat violators....
Or how about instead of shuffling the problem off on to a major corporation, you teach your kids responsibility. Then if they crash their car they get to pay for all repairs or buy a new one. Make them find a ride to where they want to go. Teach them their are consequences when they fail to take responsibility. The government needs to stop stepping in and acting like a baby sitter.
Teach responsibility

San Francisco, CA

#7 Feb 10, 2010
dave in des moines wrote:
I think the state of Iowa should pass a law giving users a text message service bill of rights when dealing with their cell phone provider. Currently, the least expensive way to have text message service is to sign up for 24/7 service.
Many times parents provide their teenage children with a cell phone. Perhaps students drive to and from school certain hours of the day. Perhaps these students use the car to and from schools’ sporting events. I feel the best way to prevent these kids from texting while driving is to not have any text message service at those times.
It would be nice if parents could just allow a menu of hours for when the text message service is turned on. They could choose hours of the day students are not on the road.
Please pass a new state law where users could choose partial times when the text message is turned on - at a partial fee compared to the 24/7 service.
Or how about instead of shuffling the problem off on to a major corporation, you teach your kids responsibility. Then if they crash their car they get to pay for all repairs or buy a new one. Make them find a ride to where they want to go. Teach them their are consequences when they fail to take responsibility. The government needs to stop stepping in and acting like a baby sitter
huxley mom

Huxley, IA

#8 Feb 10, 2010
I don't think that it's fair to punish everyone for the irresponsibility of others. I am very careful when using my cell phone. I never text while driving and I find talking on my cell phone is no more distracting than my kids yelling in the back seat. I shouldn't have to pay for others mistakes.
Giggs

Grimes, IA

#9 Feb 10, 2010
Texting while driving should be illegal. Period.
Shawn Kinnison

Streator, IL

#10 Feb 10, 2010
Hmm our state government doesn't have time to worry about issues dealing with marriage but seems to find time to worry about who is and isn't texting. Boy I'm glad we're paying them to be so up on critical issues.
Tom Spidle - Newton

Madrid, IA

#11 Feb 10, 2010
It's about time. Too often, we see motorists texting or talking on the phone, weaving across the center line, rear-ending other cars, etc. If the government doesn't step in, it will only get worse. To Nick Wagner, I hope he starts watching other drivers on a daily basis, he will see the same.
James

Ankeny, IA

#12 Feb 10, 2010
Giggs wrote:
Texting while driving should be illegal. Period.
get a life, giggs
Don

Ankeny, IA

#13 Feb 10, 2010
in 10 years we'll have checkpoints checking people for wearing white shoes after labor day
Giggs

Kelseyville, CA

#14 Feb 10, 2010
James wrote:
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get a life, giggs
You must have been in debate club.

So you think people should be allowed to endanger others with irresponsible behavior while driving?
Tod

United States

#15 Feb 11, 2010
Shawn Kinnison wrote:
Hmm our state government doesn't have time to worry about issues dealing with marriage but seems to find time to worry about who is and isn't texting. Boy I'm glad we're paying them to be so up on critical issues.
No one's life has been put in jeopardy by a same sex marriage. Not one. Would you rather have Adam and Steve driving behind you or Texting Teen Tina?
chino

Mitchellville, IA

#16 Feb 11, 2010
texting should be illegal - but how are they going to prove it, if they hold them down below window level and will have them put away by the time they stop the car - the fine is a joke it should be much higher, at least 200.00 for first offense - then there is the year they are giving texters to get used to the bill - using a cell phone while driving is also dangerous, can't even tell you how many times we have almost been hit by drivers on cell phones crossing into the wrong lane while they had kids in their car!
Don

Ankeny, IA

#17 Feb 11, 2010
frst thy cm fr the txtrs bt i dd nt txt

OH NO!!!! CRASH!!

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