ARE YOU KIDDING ME???????
The Arizona Senate has again rejected an
effort to create a statewide ban on texting while driving by amending an
existing House bill.
Democratic Sen. Steve Farley of Tucson said deaths and injuries caused by drivers who were distracted by texting make a compelling argument for the ban. He gave several examples of horrific accidents cause by distracted drivers.
Senate President Andy Biggs argued against the amendment. He contends that state law already makes reckless driving illegal and a texting ban isn't required.
QUICK QUESTION: WHAT IS ANDY BIGGS SMOKING?? HE CANNOT BE SERIOUS. I UNDERSTAND THE MERIT OF NOT HAVING TOO MANY LAWS ON THE BOOKS, BUT COME ON! TEXTING WHILE DRIVING DOES NOT NECESSARILY MEAN “RECKLESS DRIVING”. MAYBE NOT EVEN CLOSE.
I HAVE BEEN PRACTICING LAW FOR 20+ YEARS NOW. I AM NOT SURE THAT I HAVE EVER SEEN A DRIVER IN AN MVA CITED FOR ‘RECKLESS DRIVING”.
HOWEVER, I AM SURE THAT I HAVE BEEN INVOLVED IN HUNDREDS OF CASES WHERE THE AT-FAULT DRIVER WAS EITHER ON A CELL PHONE OR TEXTING.
The Senate approved a bill which ban marketers from sending unsolicited text messages. (Wow. That is important.)
Text-message driving bans have repeatedly failed in the Legislature in
recent years. In other words, in my opinion,
the Arizona Legislature has once again failed to provide for the safety of the
citizens of Arizona. There are facts upon facts that prove that distracted driving can cause auto accidents. Why was there not more done here?