Thursday, January 12, 2012

Text While Driving, Lose Your License

OK, so I haven't heard about any state taking a measure this extreme yet to punish those caught texting on their smart phone or mobile device behind the wheel. But a new survey by Poll Position suggests that at least half of Americans think that losing your license for texting is a justifiable sentence for those who just can't keep their fingers to themselves while driving.

The survey, which reflected the opinions of about 1,100 registered voters, was conducted in early January 2012.

Half of those responding agreed that people caught texting while driving should use their driver's license for some period of time.

Age was a big factor in the responses, while younger respondents far more lenient.

In fact, 52 percent of them were not in favor of the license loss measure. Among those 65 years of age and older, 67 percent said you SHOULD lose your license for a period of time.

We haven't heard the last of this issue yet, especially with the National Transportation Safety Board's proclamation in mid-December 2011 that there should be a ban on driver use of portable electronic devices.

Personally, I think I'm in favor of such a measure, although I have absolutely been guilty of this behavior while at stop signs and such. Then again, is it any different when you lean over to change the radio station or to poke an address into your global positioning satellite (GPS) receiver or when you smoke a cigarette while driving (which I have seen, I kid you not). This one will be debated a long time before anything happens. Meanwhile, all we can really do is plead for common sense.