The Columbia City Council is debating to ban texting while driving, a common distraction that can cause car accidents. But what would the law require of drivers, and what could warrant you a ticket?
As a Columbia car accident attorney , I’ve looked into this proposed bill. Here is a list of what you can’t and can do under the bill, if it passes, according to news reports:
1. Send, read or compose a text message, email or instant message while driving a moving vehicle
- Talk on the phone while driving.
- Text to summon “medical or other emergency assistance.”
- Text while “lawfully parked or stopped.” This includes stop signs, red lights, railroad crossings, etc.
- Text while using a cell phone’s hands free, voice activated feature.
- Turn your phone on or off while driving, or “activate an internal feature or function of the device.”
- Use a CB radio.
Police officers will also have to follow certain guidelines to know when to issue citations under the potential law. What cops CAN do:
- Pull you over if they have an unobstructed view of you using your phone to send, receive or read a text while driving.
What cops CAN’T do:
- Arrest you
- Take your cell phone
- Search, or request to search, you, your car or any of your passengers
As a Columbia personal injury attorney , I’m glad to see some attention being paid to the dangers of texting while driving. I look forward to learning about what happens with this bill.