Klobuchar calls for texting-while-driving ban

WASHINGTON, D.C. — At a Distracted Drivers Summit this week with Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood, Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., called for a nationwide ban on texting while driving.

“Not too long ago, most people viewed drunk driving as just a traffic offense – not really a crime.  As a prosecutor, I joined with law enforcement officials and safe driving advocates to change the law to make our roads safer.  We need to do the same for texting and distracted driving,” said Klobuchar, who is a former Hennepin County Attorney.  “When the rubber meets the road, the BlackBerry should be put away – no text message is worth dying for.”

Klobuchar has cosponsored legislation that would require states to pass laws banning the writing, reading and sending of text or email messages while driving. The measure would give states two years to comply or risk losing 25 percent of federal highway funding.

Although Minnesota passed a law banning texting while driving, 32 states still have no laws restricting the practice, according to a statement from Klobuchar’s office.

“Texting while driving is not safe.  We need drivers to stay alert and keep their eyes on the road, both for their own safety and the safety of all of us,” Klobuchar said in a statement.

Klobuchar was also joined at the summit by the father and sister of Minnesota resident Shreya Dixit, who was killed in a 2007 distracted-driving crash.

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Comments (3)

  1. Submitted by Mark Gisleson on 10/01/2009 - 11:20 am.

    What a gutless bill! We need laws to prohibit all use of cell phones by car drivers, but that’s too what? Radical? Needed?

    A zillion studies have been conducted, not one of them shows that driver’s multitask well. We can have 50 confusingly different bills on a state by state basis, or one strong sensible approach handed down by the feds.

    Just curious? Has our senior Senator sponsored any legislation not prompted by a tragic death?

  2. Submitted by James Hamilton on 10/02/2009 - 12:11 am.

    This isn’t a federal issue. Period.

  3. Submitted by david granneman on 10/05/2009 - 10:33 am.

    hello all
    like most liberals they think the passage of a law will solve all problems. they think this law will stop all people from texting while driving. how do we enforce this type of law – maybe installing monitoring cameras in everybody’s car. if this law works maybe we should pass a law making cold weather and tornadoes illegal.

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