Texting/Cellphone usage; while Driving is Deadly, against the Law in 33 States

This is a case of society behaving badly. The survey by the Pew Research Center’s Internet & American Life Project found that 85 percent of Americans 18 and older own a cellphone/smartphone. But, you have noticed these people on the road while you are driving.  Distracted and dangerous are two of many words to define drivers that engage in this destructive behavior. Texting and using a cellphone while driving should be against the law in all 50 States. What is the hold up in legislating laws against this aggressive and  deadly conduct? All you have to do is pull over on the side of the road, turn you engine off and then proceed to communicate.

Cell Phone and Texting Laws 2011, This chart outlines all States cell phone and text messaging laws. Some local jurisdictions may have additional regulations.

Cell phone distraction causes 2,600 deaths and 330,000 injuries in the United States every year, according to the journal’s publisher, the Human Factors and Ergonomics Society.

Text messaging is banned for all drivers in 33 states and the District of Columbia. In addition, novice drivers are banned from texting in 7 states (Alabama, Mississippi, Missouri, New Mexico, Oklahoma, Texas, and West Virginia) and school bus drivers are banned from text messaging in 3 states (Mississippi, Oklahoma, and Texas).

This is a video that captures a driver texting while driving.