States Send Mixed Message On Texting And Driving With Twitter Updates

one hand on the wheel, the other holding cell phone

News 12 tried driving while texting using a driving simulator at MCG. (August 25, 2009 / WRDW-TV)

A number of state transportation agencies have begun offering motorists up-to-the-minute traffic updates on Twitter.

Just be careful that you don't check them while behind the wheel, because you could end up with a ticket.

At least 22 states ban texting while driving, but also offer some type of service providing information about traffic jams, emergencies and other road conditions.

Safety experts and some politicians are calling that a dangerous mixed signal.

Minnesota lawmaker Frank Hornstein says, "You shouldn't be fiddling around with any kind of electronic gadget in your car while driving."

State transportation officials insist they are not encouraging people to get online while driving.

Rather, they say drivers should check their tweets before getting on the road.


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  • by Clifton Location: Washington on Sep 19, 2009 at 05:14 PM
    Well there you go. Our high and mighty, know all government is making laws for us to follow, then encouraging us to break the same laws. That rates right up there with making it against the law to drive drunk, then allowing us to go out,drink, get drunk, and drive. It's that circle jerk thing going round and round again. They make the laws. We break the laws. They make money again and again. You know. Like taxes. Again and again.
  • by The Wise One Location: NC on Sep 19, 2009 at 01:40 PM
    Jeep your eyes on the road??? I don't remember hearing that one, but people should be able to use their brains and realize that they should not twitter while on the road. Must government officials think for us too? It is a sad, sad world if that is the case.
  • by pete Location: grifton on Sep 19, 2009 at 12:58 PM
    There are none as blind as those who will not see.The latest was the Young Jones Girl in Kinston.WAKE UP.just think about the pain it is costing her family and the lady she hit and her family.
  • by Anonymous on Sep 19, 2009 at 12:12 PM
    If you ask me, it should all be banned. Having a phone in your hand, then having to look at it takes more than one secound. In that one Secound a car load of people could be killed simply because you took your eyes off the road. If you need directions, I hope the state will also tell people to pull off the road and read the directions, or have someone in the car read it to them. I can tell you one thing, If I get hurt, or one of my family members because some bozo looks at twitter, text message, or even checking voice mail while driving I will take it personally and deal with it the way it should be. It will not be nice either. The state needs to Step it up and give people with no common sense the rules in Plain black and white. Its going to take it for some to get out of the "confused" mode.
  • by C Location: Greenville on Sep 19, 2009 at 09:22 AM
    I would like to know whatever happened to the 10 and 2 rule? Were we not taught that in drivers ed. people? I know I was taught that and it has been like 20 years ago since I was in school. I know that they still teach that because my daughters were taught that three years ago. It is called plain and simple, COMMON SENSE! Jeep your eyes on the road and both hands on the wheel!
  • by confused Location: greenville on Sep 19, 2009 at 08:35 AM
    So is it illegal to even look at your phone? The law that starts on banning TEXTING while driving starts Dec 1st. I havnt heard one word about its also illegal to do anything else on your phone, such as getting directions off my iphone while driving, works the same as any tom tom or garmin gps device. I'ld like to see a cop give me a ticket for that.
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