Editorial: Ban on texting and driving a necessity
The Arizona Senate Monday approved a bill that would make it illegal to text while driving. If the bill wins House approval and Gov. Jan Brewer's signature, Associated Press news reports state, drivers caught texting while on the road will face a $50 fine that would increase to $200 if they are involved in an accident.
Opponents of the bill say Arizona's reckless driving laws already allow for penalties if someone causes an accident while texting and driving.
Charles Heller of the Arizona Citizens Defense League opposes the bill. "If someone is driving erratically, avoid them," he said. "Stay out of their way and let them run into a telephone pole and solve their own problem. Just don't be in their way when they do it."
But that's easier said than done if the texter is headed your way across the dividing line of a busy highway.
The AP report stated that AAA Arizona, which lobbied for the bill, found in a poll that nine out of 10 Arizonans support the ban, as did a number of cell phone companies, car insurers, law enforcement organizations and health care providers.
In an ideal world, common sense would prevail, and people would understand that they cannot possibly text and drive responsibly. Unfortunately, sometimes it takes a law to convince those who lack that necessary skill.