Lawmaker Calling For DUI Type Laws

If caught texting while driving

February 05, 2018 - 2:49 pm

A proposal from a state lawmaker would make it illegal to hold your cell phone and talk  or use it to text while driving.  Rep. Bill Taylor, R- Aiken, calls his proposal legislation driving under the influence of an electronic device. “The DUI-E violation would then be reported, after the second violation to insurance carriers. But it would prohibit in this bill your arrest and incarceration.”  Taylor told a House panel last week.

Taylor said his proposal does not prevent someone from using a phone while driving. “You can answer or make a phone call or text message via commands the Bluetooth method.”

He said he believes it will be easier to enforce than the current law that only bans texting while driving.

Taylor said that more laws may not seem like the way to go. “We also know that legislation can’t really correct bad behavior, but it can set the standard and punish offenders.”

He said his proposal is extremely simple. “Put the phone down, your hands on the wheel and drive.”

FEBRUARY 5, 2018 BY BILL DUBENSKY (South Carolina Radio Network)

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