Wednesday, February 6, 2013

SB 981: No Cell Phones in School Zones--While Driving

Virginia Senate Bill 981 was classified under "Nanny" by a Tea Party correspondent, but, upon reading the actual text, I like it. The bill (which passed the Senate and is currently in committee in the House) doesn't ban students and teachers from using cell phones in the school building; it bans drivers from using cell phones while driving around a school. And it specifically defines the banned phones as "hand-held," thus exempting headset phones that leave drivers free to steer their vehicles.

This web site has been calling for bans on the use of hand-held cell phones while driving for a long time. Pull over and talk, or hang up and drive. We have seen drivers hold these things in their one good hand and steer a truck, at full traffic speed, with an elbow, and we were frightened.