Maine Bans Texting While Driving

Texting while driving is something that has become increasingly dangerous around the country. While I can't say I never text and drive, it is something I don't constantly do. Yes, I do it, and I'm pretty sure most all of us have. The state of Maine is taking the initiative to stop this from occurring and making the roads safer. Recently Maine announced that starting Wednesday, texting while driving will no longer be allowed. If you are caught texting while driving, the minimum fine is $100. Maine is the thirty fourth state to create a ban, and I agree with the decision to stop the texts while behind the wheel.

I never thought my texting would become an issue or endanger the lives of others. I am a pretty confident driver and have been around the country in various cities. In my mind, I was a good driver. I then got a chance to watch a video on Youtube posted by AT&T called, The Last Text. Let me tell you, that was quite the eye opener. Now I won't say that I completely stopped texting, but it definitely put a whole new perspective on what can happen in the blink of an eye. It only takes one second looking down before your whole life can change.

Wednesday is when the ban starts, and you can bet that I will be making sure I do not text and drive. Sure it will be difficult at times, but if it saves a life, I'm all for it. Even if you are the best driver out there and a great texter, it doesn't mean you can do both at the same time. If need be, pull over to the side of the road and send your text. Whoever it is can wait, and if it's serious, give them a call instead. Messaging someone behind a wheel is not worth another person's life. Kudos to Maine for taking it upon them to enforce this rule.

Do you think the ban is a good idea?

Seth P.