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My Turn: Expanding the laws of distracted driving

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We're only a few years into the state law that bans texting and driving in North Carolina, and I swear I see more people doing it now than ever before. We're only a few years into the state law that bans texting and driving in North Carolina, and I swear I see more people doing it now than ever before.

We're only a few years into the state law that bans texting and driving in North Carolina, and I swear I see more people doing it now than ever before.

Police are trying to stop it where they can, but it's scary to see so many people taking their eyes off the road with hundreds of pounds of steel in their hands. And sadly, our news team often reports of deadly accidents involving someone texting and driving.

The problem is the current law doesn't fill in all the gaps. It's not just texting. It's the overall distraction. It's the itch to check email while driving. It's surfing the internet. And even more amazing it's the people who are watching videos while driving as they pass you and me on the highway. That scares the "bejebers" out of me.

The current law will only get you in trouble if you are trying to message someone. But I think it needs to be harsher. There's no message, no news or ball score or any movie clip that is worth more than having to tell someone their loved one will not be returning home tonight.

That's my turn. To comment on this segment, or anything else, email me at yourturn@wect.com.


 

Emailed comments from viewers:

It's not only the public doing it but I have seen plenty of law enforcement officers doing it and also talking on there cell phone. But they want to give us tickets? They should write there self one at the end of the day to just to make it fair.

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Gary, I couldn't possibly agree with you more, I have included in this email a copy of the signs that I have posted on both of my car's back window's. I can't count the number of times that people have honked and given me thumbs up on these signs.  Sad to say, I have also had several people stop me in parking lots who have told me that they have lost a friend or loved one because they were killed or seriously injured by someone talking or texting with a cell phone while driving.  I've even had a couple of people take pictures of my signs and said that they were going to post them on Facebook.  It seems as tho common sense has just flown out the window and this is not going to stop or even slow down until the laws are stiffened and vigorously enforced.

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The passing of the anti texting legislation was a complete and total waste of government time and taxpayer dollars. As it seems to happen so much more in these last few years, senseless laws are being passed as feel good legislation that only complicate laws that were already in place. Case in point, The anti texting law, it lessens the penalty and allows people to get a wrist slap for what amounts nothing short of Reckless driving, which has much more severe penalties upon successful conviction. After being a victim of a driver texting in 2005, and the years of pain I have had to endure ever since, I can promise you that if ever I or a loved one is hit again by a distracted driver, That I will fight to the end to make sure that the guilty party is charged appropriately and not given a free pass to do it again. The law as I have copied below is pretty clear cut. The anti texting law was a absolute unenforceable waste of time and money.

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