In an astomishing move, Idaho Rep. Marv Hagendorn (R-Meridian) believes it only sounds impossible to “keep both eyes on the road and text at the same time.” While I can somewhat applaud his creative efforts to revive their previously killed texting ban during last year’s legislative session, this approach defies logic.
Distracted driving is gaining notoriety as a road safety danger matching if not surpassing that of drinking and driving. Evidence that distracted drivers are a threat to everyone on and off the road is supported by government, industry and individuals. The U.S. Department of Transportation has a web site overflowing with information about the dangers of distracted driving – Distraction.gov.
Perhaps Rep. Hagendorn also hasn’t been made aware of industry leader Toyota USA who has partnered with Discovery Education to create Toyota Teen Driver, a web site providing comprehensive resources and tools to help teens avoid distractions behind the wheel.
Maybe an introduction to the families of the Remember Alex Brown Foundation and the Casey Feldman Network would sufficiently educate Idaho Legislature about the life ending dangers of distracted driving.
“Texting is OK so long as you’re not distracted”…seriously!?