While many Minnesota politicians were quick to pooh-pooh a proposal by the National Transportation Safety Board to ban all texting and cell phone use while driving, state Rep. Frank Hornstein thinks it’s a great idea.
Hornstein, a DFLer from Minneapolis, was author of the existing state law banning texting. He’d like to see it go even further, noting in a statement:
“A study released just last week by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration found that at any given moment approximately 13.5 million people are using their cell phones while driving. With nearly 6,000 deaths and a half a million injuries caused by distracted drivers every year, this is simply unacceptable.
Outlawing the use of cell phones while driving is a common sense solution in reducing traffic accidents. Studies show that using cell phones while driving can have the same impact of driving while intoxicated. I’m happy to see the NTSB make positive steps towards making our roads safer for all who use them.”
Republican legislative leaders, though, don’t like the proposed ban, and Mark Dayton doesn’t think it will work, according to a MinnPost story Tuesday.