Md. needs to enforce its laws on texting while driving, not pass new ones

February 17, 2011

Before we move on to new restrictions on distracted driving ("Lawmakers look to outlaw reading texts while driving," Feb. 16), maybe we should evaluate if the laws already on the books about texting or using a hand-held cell phone are working. Based on my observations, there is less of this occurring, but it still happens.

On my drive into work in Baltimore, it is usual to see a least 2-4 drivers using cell phones. The worst was this Monday on I-95 about a half mile north of the I-95 and I-895 split. I was in the farthest right lane and the next lane over was a black Mercedes. This car kept weaving and creeping into the right lane, so that the car in front of me was hesitant to pass. Finally, it did. As I came along side, I could see the driver texting with her thumbs, while holding the texting device with both hands, as well as the steering wheel. While I was hesitant to pass, I did. I could see in my side and rear view mirrors that she continued to weave despite a tractor trailer bearing down on her.

Such folks are a road hazard and endanger other drivers' lives. Obviously, the law doesn't matter to them. As such, maybe the fine for texting should be increased to $1,000 or a significant suspension of their driving privileges. I would then feel like the state is really serious about automobile public safety. Otherwise, why worry about reading texts while driving?

Michael A. Trush, Kingsville

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