Hawaii Bans Texting and Driving
Hawaii has recently become the 40th state in the United States to ban texting while driving. The director of the Governor’s Highway Safety Association, Barbara Harsha, stated, “This action sends an important message to all Hawaii drivers: cell phone use and driving do not mix.” In addition to text messaging, all hand-held cell phone use is also prohibited by the new law.
The campaign for banning texting and driving began in 2007 when smartphones with text message capabilities started gaining popularity in the United States. A majority of states acted quickly when it came to banning cell phone use while driving. Currently, only ten states do not have legislation concerning texting and driving, but progress is being made in several of these states. Texting bans are currently pending in both Texas and Florida, two of the largest states in America.