Lt. Col. James L. Walker
Don’t text and drive
Effective today (Aug. 1), a new law takes effect banning texting while driving statewide. The law imposes fines that increase with each offense and penalizes a driver’s record by two points per offense. That can get very expensive, very fast.
However, the human cost is much higher. A driver who texts is 23 times more likely to get in an accident. In fact, the reaction time of someone who texts while driving is even slower than the reaction time of a drunk or someone on drugs.
A number of communities have passed local ordinances against texting and driving. Our state legislators covered every roadway in Alabama during this past 2012 legislative session. In Limestone County, we applaud Senators Bill Holtzclaw and Arthur Orr and Representatives Micky Hammon, Mac McCutcheon and Dan Williams, for being part of the vote to pass the legislation.
As even our elected leaders will tell you, laws alone will not curb the deaths, injuries and property damage. We must alter our behavior in a world that often demands we stay connected. If you need more information on the dangers to help convince you, visit www.att.com/itcanwait, take a few minutes to read, see and hear the stories and take the pledge not to text and drive.