From the Arkansas Statehouse...

No texting while driving, but talking OK.

In Cell Phone Restrictions on 29 January 2009 at 5:34 pm

HB1013, which bans text messaging while driving, passed the House today. But it did so stripped of provisions that would have banned talking on a cell phone behind the wheel.

I missed the changes, which came through an amendment last week. Now the bill bars only texting, emailing, and using the internet with a telephone while driving.

Prediction: this will be an ineffectual law, particularly without the talking ban. As one member pointed out on the house floor, it will be difficult for officers to detect texting below dashboard level. Rep. Ray Kidd, who sponsored the bill, acknowledged that concern, but said he expected people to honor the law because it’s the law. We shall see.

The bill still has to go to the Senate. If passed and signed by the Governor, it goes into effect in October.


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