Friday, June 4, 2010

Texting while driving to be illegal after July 1

Posted By on Fri, Jun 4, 2010 at 6:12 PM

This is surprising. As recently as Wednesday, Gov. Sonny Perdue said he was concerned about how police would enforce Senate Bill 360, the so-called texting-while-driving bill. Sponsored by state State Sen. Jack Murphy, R-Cumming, the legislation would ban, you guessed it, texting while driving, regardless of your age. The governor hinted he might not sign the legislation. Well, today he did.

From 11 Alive:

In a Friday afternoon signing ceremony, Perdue had one bill on the table before him, HB23, which would outlaw texting and any cell phone use by teens under the age of 18. Perdue's office and others at the State Capitol had indicated that he would sign that bill without signing the second bill.

However, immediatly after signing HB23, he pulled out the second bill, SB360, off the podium and signed that as well. It extends the ban on texting and driving to adults as well.

Note that the legislation says nothing specific about driving and playing Enviro-Bear 2010, perhaps the greatest iPhone game ever invented. That means this bill doesn't change my life in the slightest.

Perdue says he's been "assured" that state lawmakers would address the enforcement questions next session. How on Earth they'll actually do that without requiring cops to take your phone and look at your texts is beyond me, so enjoy approximately six months of getting pulled over and questioned for "texting" when you're actually just checking the time on your phone. Or playing Enviro-Bear.

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