Unit 3 Assignment 2: Exploratory And Response

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Miranda Fumia ITT-Tech Breckenridge School of Nursing Unit 3 Assignments 1 &2: Exploratory and Response Paper Ms. Patane EN 1420 June 30, 2014 Texting while driving is a secondary is considered a secondary offense, meaning law enforcement can’t pull over a driver for texting, they must spot another violation such as speeding, reckless driving, or running a red light. Maria Sachs, a senator in FL proposed a new bill that would toughen this law. Although a penalty would remain the same which is a thirty dollar fine for the first offense, but with Sachs bill it would make it easier for police to ticket drivers and would change the law to make texting while driving a primary offense. According to Sachs, “using a cell phone while driving is more dangerous than drinking alcohol.…show more content…
There are sixteen states that are considering legislation that would outlaw or restrict the practice. A Harris Interactive Poll shows that nine out of ten American adults believe that sending messages, or emails while driving is “ dangerous, distracting, and should be outlawed.” (Schulte, 2014) Washington and New Jersey are the only states who expressly prohibit texting while driving. Sixteen other states are now in the works of passing similar bills. An Iowa democratic McKinley Bailey proposed a texting ban that would target beginning drivers, ages sixteen and seventeen. “Experts say anti-texting laws are following on the heels of a wave of more general bans on the use of cell phone while driving.”(Schulte, 2014) Five states already prohibit all drivers from using any hand-held phones, and twenty-four more have considered similar legislation. Several states have such restrictions for younger drivers. “A bill in the legislature, known as “Jakes Law” which was made in the memory of Jake Owen, a five year old boy who was killed near Baltimore, in 2011 when a man talking on a phone plowed into the car Jake was riding in.” (Halsey,

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