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Why We Need a Federal Law Banning Texting While Driving

I live in California, one of the 19 states which recently passed a law that no one can text while driving. I would like to say that I was surprised at the law and that I had never seen anyone texting while driving, but I have -- on a busy freeway during rush hour. More than once.

While some may say that a new federal law banning commercial truck or bus drivers from texting while driving is making our government become a nanny state, I have realized that sometimes it occurs because people are incredibly immature and childish. While I have never seen a commercial bus driver texting, I'm sure some have (as seen above in the CBS report, which contributed to a crash in San Antonio.) Truckers or bus drivers face a fine of up to $2,750 if found texting while driving. (As if you didn't know, texting drivers are 20 times more likely to be in an accident.)

So while the majority of normal adults may think, "Why do we need a law for this?" Know that for a generation of Americans, texting seems to be an addictive pastime too seductive to stop while doing your job -- even if it means putting others in danger. The new law will mean employers can make driving while texting a firing offense, educate their younger drivers and truckers and perhaps make the roads a little safer.

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