But, that's not the point.
Texting and driving--even if not alone in the car--is a noxious cocktail. Driving while using a phone in one's hands also happens to be a noxious cocktail. Both present and elevate a proximate occasion of evil...in this sense, the "evil" being an accident that could cause damage to property as well as take the lives of others.
There's nothing wrong with the intent behind this bill. But, it does present some real problems:
- Many drivers with passengers text and make phone calls using handheld devices while driving. This bill does nothing about them.
- The government of the Sooner State is extending its long arm and intruding into what could be solved by the free market, namely, automobile insurers.
Serious about ending texting and hand-held phone use by drivers?
Send the bill back to the State Legislature to revise it:
- Allow police in Oklahoma to pull over any driver they observe texting or making phone calls using a hand-held device.
- Require automobile insurers to insert language into their contracts stating that if an insured driver is involved in an accident in the Sooner State and is found to have been texting or making a call using a hand-held cellphone, the contract is completely null and void, leaving the now-uninsured driver liable for any and all costs for any and all damage caused as well as fully liable for any and all lawsuits that might arise.
The government doesn't alwasy have to jump in and regulate people's unethical conduct. Banning dangerous behavior doesn't eliminate it. There are times when the free market can do so much more efficiently and effectively.
Let the discussion begin...
To read about Tulsa being named the 2014 most dangerous U.S. city, click on the following link:
To read about Oklahoma's bill banning texting while driving, click on the following link: