WHAT OTHERS SAY: Laws that ban texting and driving must be enforced

Tuesday, September 20, 2011 | 7:20 p.m. CDT

We're glad that a 16-year-old Lawrence girl was not seriously injured recently when she rolled the vehicle she was driving on Kansas Highway 10, but we and many others are pleased to see the teen receive a ticket because she was sending a text message on her phone about the same time the accident occurred.

Starting July 1, Kansas law made it illegal to write, read or send a written communication using a wireless device while driving. Additional restrictions apply for young drivers.

The girl involved in the accident also was cited for driving without a valid driver's license, but all Kansas licenses for drivers under 17 include a ban on any use of a wireless communication device while driving.

It's a good law that should be more vigorously enforced. There is no doubt that drivers of all ages are dangerously distracted by talking on their phones; those risks are multiplied when drivers attempt to send text messages.

It's true that many other activities also can distract a driver, but the new state laws address one of the worst offenders.

It's unfortunate that the laws against texting most often won't be enforced until after an offender has been involved in an accident that may cause serious or fatal injuries.

Greater enforcement of the no-texting laws can save lives and should be a higher priority for state and local law enforcement officers.

Copyright, the Lawrence (Kan.) World-Journal. Reprinted courtesy of the Associated Press.

Like what you see here? Become a member.

Show Me the Errors (What's this?)

Report corrections or additions here. Leave comments below here.

You must be logged in to participate in the Show Me the Errors contest.


Leave a comment

Speak up and join the conversation! Make sure to follow the guidelines outlined below and register with our site. You must be logged in to comment. (Our full comment policy is here.)

  • Don't use obscene, profane or vulgar language.
  • Don't use language that makes personal attacks on fellow commenters or discriminates based on race, religion, gender or ethnicity.
  • Use your real first and last name when registering on the website. It will be published with every comment. (Read why we ask for that here.)
  • Don’t solicit or promote businesses.

We are not able to monitor every comment that comes through. If you see something objectionable, please click the "Report comment" link.

You must be logged in to comment.

Forget your password?

Don't have an account? Register here.