Iowa to Ban Mobile Phone Use While Driving?
Looks like Iowa may be following in Illinois' footsteps.
This time 3 years ago, Illinois implemented a new law making it illegal to use a phone or computer while driving. It looks like Iowa Governor, Terry Branstad, would like to follow suit
According to WQAD.com,
"If all we do is say you can’t text and drive, how do you prove that somebody was texting?" Branstad said, according to the Des Moines Register. "They could be looking at this device in their hands and say, 'Well, I wasn't texting,' and so then you can’t get a conviction."
Right now, teens are the only drivers not able to have a device at all while driving, while other drivers have to commit a primary offense, like speeding, in order to get pulled over for texting while driving.
Distracted driving accidents are on the rise so much, that it's being called 'worse than drunk driving.' In one test given, it took a distracted driver texting, going 70 mph, an additional 70 feet to come to a complete stop. This was alarming compared to the 4 feet it took a legally impaired, or 'drunk driver' to stop.
I have some friends who admit they don't have the self control to have it near them and not check it while driving, so they put it in the back seat and turn the volume off. It's certainly better than hurting or killing someone.