Letters to the Editor: September 16, 2013

What about the right to drive without fear?

In response to the Aug. 12 Daily Journal front page headline article, “State in minority on texting/driving:”

Mississippi is one of only nine states not to ban all drivers from texting/cellphone use while driving. Senate Transportation Chairman Willie Simmons said this is a tough one for the Legislature because of members who say they oppose laws that infringe on the peoples’ “individual rights.” What about my rights and all the people of Mississippi? We have the right to drive on Mississippi roads without fear that a driver cares more about a phone than they do their own life or the lives of those around them. Use to be, we were concerned about drunk drivers but texting while driving has taken over that spot because cellphone users outnumber drunk drivers on the road. Cellphone use goes on 24/7. I am sure there are people who would never drive under the influence but they think it is safe to text while driving. They are no better than the person who drives drunk. Using cellphones while driving is a huge problem, and it will only get worse. If people knew they could spend time in prison for killing someone, then a law could drastically reduce the number of people using their phones.

It seems our neighboring states and state Sen. Sally Doty are the only ones recognizing the dangers of texting while driving. I am asking everyone who is concerned about the dangers of texting/cellphone use while driving to let your voices be heard. Write or call your legislator. Let our lawmakers know that you want to be the 42nd state to enact the ban on texting/cellphone use while driving. It needs to be against the law, just like driving under the influence.

Linda Garner

Tupelo

  • TWBDB

    Infringe on people’s rights? Ridiculous!
    MS should be the first to outlaw texting and driving. Texting while driving 50-70 on a highway or country road is far more dangerous than texting while driving 5-25 on a freeway in a metropolitan area.

  • Winston Smith

    My only question would be if it would actually stop people from texting while driving, or just give police another BS ticket to issue?

    I’m against texting while driving and I don’t normally do it, but how’s a cop going to tell the difference between me texting, or picking a song on my ipod?

    • TWBDB

      Winston, I don’t normally give you too much guff: but we shouldn’t be texting or scrolling through a songbook on our iPod. The later is probably a bit less distracting but in truth either is about the same as reading a book while driving.

      • Winston Smith

        You’re right, all it takes is a one second distraction for something to go catastrophically wrong, but I’d just like to see some research to determine if making it a ticketable offense would do anything to actually curb the behavior, or if it would just give cops another reason to pull people over and write them a ticket.

  • 1941641

    “Texting” an unnecessary habit. I haven’t yet learned how to turn my latest cell phone on and off must less type on it. DUH!

  • Kevin

    So let me see if I got this straight–texting has become such a social problem in this country that we need laws to declare to people that they should not do it–that texting is so ingrained into our being as humans that adults (and some adolescents as well) need to be convinced that hey it’s a bad idea to take your eyes off the road for extended periods of time to tap, type, and look at your phone!!!. I mean this is like saying it should be illegal to play russian roulette. The question this begs is why would anyone want to play russian roulette–likewise why would any rational person want to text while driving. Oh, it’s because we’re largely, as a society, irrational people!! Ain’t human nature great!