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Op-Ed: Michigan's texting while driving law doesn't quite get it right

By Matt Harding     Jun 26, 2010 in Lifestyle
Reason one why the new texting law doesn't get it right: most texters will not stop doing it. The law needs to have a stiffer penalty.
This law will stop many drivers from texting, which is terrific. However, many isn't all; nor is it most. Drivers, especially teens, will continue to text and drive.
Also, there should be a law that drivers can no longer talk on the phone. I believe there has to be. If not, when a driver is dialing a number, he or she could be accused of texting. The law has to be broadened tremendously for it to be effective.
The penalty for texting while driving has to be stiffer. How about a night in jail along with the fine?
What if someone texting while driving blows through a red light, killing someone in a head-on collision. If this person had never been caught texting before, would he or she get the $100 fine? No, they should be charged with manslaughter.
This law won't be easy to enforce as one out of every five people in the U.S. text while driving.
What do you think the penalty should be for offenders? How can Michigan get it right?
This opinion article was written by an independent writer. The opinions and views expressed herein are those of the author and are not necessarily intended to reflect those of
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