An Iowa state lawmaker is pushing to make texting while driving a primary offense in the state in response to the growing number of traffic fatalities.
The Iowa Department of Transportation reports that there was a 27 percent increase in traffic deaths last year in the state – 400 fatalities in all, up from 316 in the previous year.
Unfortunately, many accidents are caused by distracted driving, which can include texting while driving. Currently, Iowa law cites motorists who text and drive as a secondary offense, which means they can only be pulled over if another violation is observed, such as weaving or running a stop sign.
If a citation is issued under the secondary offense law, many note that the penalties are too lenient to deter drivers from texting while driving.
Advocates for tougher laws in the state believe that making texting while driving a primary offense and raising the fine substantially will discourage drivers from the dangerous practice. Because of the potential for serious injury accidents linked to distracted driving, tougher laws may save lives.
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