Executive Order – No Texting While Driving
Posted October 3, 2009on:
According to The New York Times, President Obama signed an executive order yesterday banning federal employees from texting while driving.
“The order covers federal employees when they are using government-provided cars or cellphones and when they are using their own phones and cars to conduct government business.”
I don’t want to get too deep into politics on this blog, but I will say that texting while driving is a topic I feel strongly about. I don’t think anyone, however skilled at texting and/or driving, should try to type a message into a handheld device while they are in control of a potentially dangerous moving vehicle. Even if you trust yourself not to lose control or sway out of your lane, you cannot trust the drivers around you to not do something unexpected. I believe if your eyes and mind are on your phone, you may lose critical seconds that are necessary to react and avoid injury in such a case.
Because I drive around seven hours weekly for school alone, I have had plenty of opportunities to have “near misses” with drivers who, due to distraction or sudden mechanical failure, do something unexpected, causing me to need to adjust my driving quickly. You, no doubt, have seen plenty of these incidents during your travels as well.
With all of that said, I’m not necessarily in favor of or opposed to new laws to regulate which distractions drivers can and cannot engage in. I do think everyone should decide for himself that his safety, the safety of his passengers, and the safety of drivers or pedestrians around him, is more important than a conversation occurring 160 characters at a time.
What are your thoughts on the safety of texting while driving? Do you think laws are necessary?