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.