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Drive On: 40th state bans texting in cars

USA Today -- Add Hawaii to the list of states that have banned texting while driving. The 50th state in the union becomes the 40th state to crack down on distracted motoring.

Not bad when you consider the movement to crack down on texters on wheels only began in 2007, about the same time that smartphones with the capability were first coming into widespread use.

In addition, the law signed by Gov. Neil Abercrombie earlier this month also bans using a hand-held phone will driving. Hawaii becomes the 11 state with that provision, according the Governors Highway Safety Association.

"This action sends an important message to all Hawaii drivers: cell phone use and driving do not mix," says GHSA Executive Director Barbara Harsha.

Next up: Florida and Texas, both states with a generally fierce opposition


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stuman714
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Message Posted: May 27, 2013 8:24:57 AM

Great move, hands-free or not, using a phone while driving is worse then driving while drunk. I'll take the drunk driver over the cell phone operator any day of the week!
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NedW
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Message Posted: May 27, 2013 7:54:04 AM

Thank you for submitting this article, brbaritone.
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jbrad4
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 11:41:22 PM

Texting while driving should be against the law everywhere. For that matter, holding a cell phone should be against the law everywhere.
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PDQBlues
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 6:37:17 PM


FuelishGuy: Technology will fix the problem when they convert the text msg to a voice msg and vice versa.

Technology will never "correct" the foolishness of many people.
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FuelishGuy
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 4:49:00 PM

Technology will fix the problem when they convert the text msg to a voice msg and vice versa.
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jayrad1957
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 10:14:12 AM

Good. Now enforce the law.
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oldmack
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 3:16:00 AM

Good
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Zing20
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 1:53:37 AM

It still won't stop people from texting & driving
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 1:12:08 AM

ok
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72_Monte
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:44:58 AM


People can be stupid.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:30:45 AM

Exelent
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:22:36 AM

Good...10 more to go.
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louderthanlove
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:20:30 AM

it's not illegal everywhere?
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:19:20 AM

hands free only
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jetskijerry
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:19:11 AM

glad to see it.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:18:33 AM

Good...
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:18:31 AM

cool
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:18:30 AM

they all need to
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:18:27 AM

You have to enforce the rule for it to be meaningful.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:17:57 AM

Good...
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:16:24 AM

GOOD TO HEAR!
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:15:51 AM

this won't stop it
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EquipmentGoddes
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:15:04 AM

Its a shame there has to be a law, should be common sense
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:14:21 AM

Let us make it 50.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:13:33 AM

Good move. Now just enforce it.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:13:12 AM

80% is not enough.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:12:24 AM

ummmmm...it's not 50???????
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:12:24 AM

As well they should!!!
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:12:03 AM

If Texas was all that determined not to stick their noses into your business, there wouldn't be mandatory seatbelt laws.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:11:54 AM

Passing a law to ban texting while driving is like passing a law that says that you have to have shoes on while driving - nearly impossible to enforce.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:11:17 AM

I totally agree no texting while driving to distinctive and dangerous to the public.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:09:52 AM

Agreed on many points...
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:09:30 AM

Ban radios, AC, heat, passengers, cigarettes, and anything else you may bring in a car.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:09:19 AM

No More Texting.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:08:37 AM

Like most states police and government are exempt and no one should be above the law.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:08:25 AM

Keep the feddle gummint out of it. It should be a states thing because the states will administer the punishment. We really should not need such a law, but, oh, well - - -
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:08:20 AM

good.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:06:17 AM

old
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:06:11 AM

Shouldn't need a law. SHOULD BE COMMON SENSE!!!
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:05:38 AM

Should be federal law
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:05:36 AM

Good. Only part of some of the no texting laws I find dumb is when texting is outlawed while stopped at a red light!
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:05:22 AM

ok
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:04:44 AM

Texting and driving don't mix. Too bad common sense doesn't tell us this so we don't need to bother with a law.
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:04:42 AM

get 'r done!
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:03:17 AM

probably wise
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rte3tdi
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:03:05 AM

What about entering addresses on a GPS? Is that any safer? Shouldn't we ban that too?
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Message Posted: May 26, 2013 12:00:53 AM

This is when the federal government should threaten states to withhold highway funding should they not put a ban on driving. That's how we adopted a "national drinking age."
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Good luck!
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Message Posted: May 25, 2013 11:55:37 PM

I am surprised it isn't banned nationwide. It should be.
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Message Posted: May 25, 2013 11:50:44 PM

Sounds like a plan.
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