DOT drafts sample bill to guide state TWD bans
Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood on Feb. 22 announced sample legislation (.pdf file) designed to guide states in crafting laws that would ban texting while driving.
The sample bill includes suggestions for application of the law, exemptions and a minimum $75 fine. It also outlines potential penalties for violations, such as a penalty for death or serious injury caused by a driver who was texting, and suggests states consider other ways to address distracted driving. Among them:
- Enhanced public awareness and law enforcement programs
- Improved police crash reports to document specific distractions involved in crashes
- Specific consequences for novice drivers under graduated driver licensing laws
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