Texting while driving: national ban?

| 7/29/2009

Sending text messages or e-mails while driving could someday be banned under a proposal by U.S. Senate Democrats.

Four senators – Charles Schumer of New York, Robert Menendez of New Jersey, Mary Landrieu of Louisiana, and Kay Hagan of North Carolina – were scheduled to announce the introduction of legislation on Wednesday, July 29.

If passed, the bill would “ban any driver from sending text or e-mail messages while driving a car.”

Early reports concerning the legislation did not specifically mention commercial vehicles. The offices of the lawmakers had not returned calls as of this posting.

If passed, the legislation would require states to enact a text-message ban while driving or risk losing federal transportation funding.

– By David Tanner, staff writer