Texting while driving is absolutely wrong..unless you're me. According to one study the average person takes their eyes off the road for 4.6 seconds out of every six seconds while texting. Now that's crazy. Maybe I should teach a class on safe texting while driving.
When I am driving and need to text, I glance down at the phone for .7 seconds and determine where the letters are. I then begin texting without looking for four or five seconds. Then, I look down at the screen for .916 seconds and see if what I typed resembles what I intended to type. If not, I place my finger on the delete key (no need to look for that) and hit it as many times as required to get back to where the text isn't screwed up. Usually, it's just fine. I then continue that method until the message is complete. Then I glance for less than a second, back to the road, then one last look before hitting send. Just be aware that if you're using TrueType that many keystroke combinations can result in a number of different words.
The State House and Senate have passed almost identical measures regarding texting and if they reconcile it, Governor Granholm has said she will sign it and it could be in effect as early as May 1, 2010. Texting while driving will be a secondary offense, meaning that you will have to be pulled over for some other infraction before you can be ticketed for texting.
Yes, it's true that texting can be dangerous if not done properly (see above), but making it illegal is absurd and another example of how our legislators are wasting their time on frivolous issues in the face of all of the more important issues before them.
Apparently, this law will also make it illegal to use your on-board GPS system. Yeah, that's gonna happen.
What's next? Are they going to legislate that we all have to brush our teeth three times a day because it is safer, reduces dental and medical expenses and minimizes the spread of germs (not to mention bad breath)? Maybe they will need to put cameras in all of our bathrooms. Or distribute government issued toothbrushes with a moisture sensor and stroke meter on it.
Further, if it's not illegal to talk on the phone, how are law enforcement officials going to determine whether you're dialing a number or creating a text message?
Passing the no texting while driving law is absurd for many reasons. Sure, it can be dangerous. But is it any more dangerous than trying to find an acceptable radio station? Reading the newspaper? Checking a map? How about the countless women I see every morning putting on make-up? Most of these activities, if they result in some other violation, would fall under the Careless Driving law. Why not just add texting while driving to that category and spend a little more time on the 14% unemployment rate.