South Carolina is looking at a statewide texting ban, while Georgia already
The question is, do people really put their phones down and stop texting?
One state is trying to get ahead of the texting and driving and authorities
wonder whether their initiative might work in our region.
In New York State, you must be hands free. There is no holding your phone
and talking and definitely no texting and driving.
However, enforcing texting and driving can be tough, so NYS created text
stops and partnered with AT&T to start the "It Can Wait" campaign
on New York highways, something Georgia State Patrol officers are impressed
"I think it's an ingenious idea. It makes people aware texting and
driving is dangerous and gives you options now. Rather than you can't text and
drive they are saying rest area or text area 5 miles ahead, be patient,"
Senior Trooper Andy Sinquefield, Georgia State Patrol, told WTOC.
Could text stops work in Georgia?
"I think it's something that could work. It's just pushing legislature
to provide areas like that," Sinquefield said.
Facebook response has been mixed with some saying it's a waste of tax payer
money, with people saying “why not use existing rest areas and exits to get off
and text?” Others are saying just put the phone down altogether or questioning
whether the text areas would be used at all.
On the other hand, many agree with Sinquefield and believe people are not
going to stop texting and driving altogether, so providing an option to prevent
unsafe driving may be worth a shot.
"When you give people a valid option, it makes sense. Educate them.
This is what this is for. This text is this important and in five miles you
have an area you can pull off the roadway safely and return those
messages," Sinquefield said.
So far, the Georgia Department of Transportation tells WTOC there are no
plans for text stop areas in Georgia. They already have no texting and driving
electronic message boards around the state warning motorists to focus on the
road and traffic around you.
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