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September 6th, 2009
06:29 AM ET

Should texting while driving be banned?

The Governors Highway Safety Association has changed direction on texting while driving - the group is now calling for a complete ban on it nationwide.

Four U.S. senators pushed for a bill banning texting while driving this summer.

What do you think: Is a national law against this necessary? Would a law make the roads safer, or do you think many people would risk a ticket or an accident and text anyway?

Leave your comments below. We may use some of them later this morning in the CNN Newsroom.

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  1. Robbin

    Don't waste your time making a law that can't be monitored.

    September 6, 2009 at 6:44 am |
  2. mark wing

    yes texting should be banned, i'm on the road daily and see people texting swerving around the roads like their in a bumper car ride at the fair.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:09 am |
  3. Mary

    Ban texting while driving. Full attention must be paid to driving.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:10 am |
  4. Tverstuyft

    YES!!!!! I feel that texting should be banned nationwide. I have seen many people (mostly young people) with there heads down ( apparently texting) while also trying to steer a 2000 + lb. automobile. There eyes and attention were not on the road or oncoming traffic or pedestrians, but on what they were typing. Now i know that most people can text much faster than I, but it only takes a split second for an accident to happen.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:11 am |
  5. Charles Kopack

    YES! But, try to enforce it.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:15 am |
  6. RoBoBrain

    We have the ability to come up with a solution once we are aware there is a problem. It's great to know that we have speak to type technology that is being perfected to eliminate the text while driving or anything else.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:19 am |
  7. kate

    Yes, yes, and yes. Multitasking cannot be done, there are studies to prove this fact. Driving is already dangerous, texting just makes a difficult task more so. The departments of Law Enforcement should have the final word on this.......after all they are the people who have to clean up the mess when texting caused accidents happen.

    September 6, 2009 at 7:54 am |
  8. Tom Joad

    You're kidding right?
    -Asking questions with obvious answers should be banned.

    As far as I'm concerned, Cell Phone companies should make all data transfer inoperative on cell sites near highways until people get the message.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:02 am |
  9. Itisdd

    It's sad that now it is so common to see a car weaving in & out the lane and when you pass the car and glance over to see the driver texting. It looks like drunk driving and can have the same consequences. Something needs to be done.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:14 am |
  10. Bonnie

    This question is a no-brainer. All cell-phone use and texting should be banned nationwide. It is too dangerous. There are too many dumb and enraged drivers out there now and to allow them to use a cell phone for any reason is a disaster waiting to happen

    September 6, 2009 at 8:22 am |
  11. Sharon Vincent

    Driving is dangerous enough. Even without alcohol or texting, drivers don't pay attention. They kill, maim, take money from our pockets because we are also liable if in an accident. The working people pay higher insurance costs. There was a time when just to own a telephone in the home was a good thing. Cell phones are out of hand. Young people don't even know how to carry on a face-to-face conversation because their language is texting. k? won't brb.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:25 am |
  12. Scott Stodden

    Yes I do believe we should enforce a texting ban while driving, its dangerous and irresponsible to text while driving. If we had a ban on texting and cell phone use while driving we would reduce the cause of accidents. You probably would still have the stupid people breaking the law but the police should enforce the law and ticket those people.

    Scott Stodden (Freeport,IL)

    September 6, 2009 at 8:43 am |
  13. Mark Needelman

    Hell no! It is my God given right to drive callously, diverting my attention from the serious task of safely moving 2 tons of metal down the street
    without killing either myself or those around me. I have a right to completely disregard the the human and emotional carnage possibly left in my wake, laying waste to may lives and futures. You're gonna have to pry my Blackberry from my cold dead hands.
    Actually, an electronic device mounted in the car, whereby detecting a radio wave produced by a cellphone, would immediately shut the ignition off, would be a great invention. Also give the police the right to punch the offender in the mouth before handing him his ticket.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:50 am |
  14. Soonerf - Owasso, OK

    Can't believe this could be considered a debatable isuue. The problem is in law enforcement. Until the persons hired to enforce the traffic laws actually start doing so you will be able to get away with murder on our nations highways.
    We don't need laws? We should learn to act responsively? Give me a break, this is America, people will get away with as much as they possibly can regardless of the pain and suffering it may cause another human being.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:52 am |
  15. joe m

    one would think that this is a no-brainer. it annoys me enough when i have to make a call on my cell phone while driving, i can't understand how others text. it should absolutely be illegal and the penalties should be comprable, if not worse, when one is caught driving drunk. if someone can't wait to respond to an email, there is a very simple solution, get off the road and then text. in countries like germany the idea of even eating in the car is frowned upon b/c it is viewed that driving is an exclusive activity; this in a country where they have roads with no speed limits. maybe we should take our cue from them and make it the same way here.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:54 am |
  16. Mike Armstrong TX.

    Yes they drive like a bunch of drunk's.

    September 6, 2009 at 8:56 am |
  17. Mike

    it should be outlawed. And it is possible to enforce it. if you get into an accident, police can check your cell phone records to find out if you were sending a text around the time the of the accident. Unfortunately, then it might be too late. That's why there should be stiffer penalties for those caught texting while driving; especially if it results in someone getting hurt or killed.

    September 6, 2009 at 9:04 am |
  18. Brad Buckley

    The accusations against the President by conservatives clearly demonstrate how out of touch conservatives are becoming with main stream America, and why the republican party is becoming less and less germane to the American political process.

    September 6, 2009 at 9:34 am |
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    September 6, 2009 at 9:34 am |
  20. Don D. Brock

    Text while driving or talking on a cell phone without a head phone or speaker phone is just another distraction we do not need. Maybe if we take care of some of the other distractions such as changing the Chanel's on your radio, burning cigarettes and even passengers can take our minds off the road. If we can learn to handle the distractions we already have and stop taking life for granted maybe we can handle cellphones and texting.
    I do not need anybody telling me where I am in life but when you get behind the wheel of a car you have a lot of peoples lives in your hands besides your own.
    So yes texting should be Banned.

    Don D. Brock

    September 6, 2009 at 10:15 am |
  21. Chris

    It makes way too much common sense for texting to tbe baned while driving, thats why it will never happen. How can you ban something when car companies incorporate keyboards and pop monitors into steering wheels and dash boards? (<NOT) How did texting become so popular? started because kids wanted to do anything at school besides learn, this all startred out as the latest version of passing notes. Typing isn't popular kids bearly will open an actual book to read, now they want to thumb text type?, isn't that a step back in the technological evolutionary scale? We go to all this effort to make communication as easy as possible. What's next? the telegraph and Morse code? They claim net video junkies are a full grade lower because of their copious on-line usage. What educational price are these texting kids paying to convertly communicate? and yes, I know cell phones are banned in school, but you don't do homework at school, addiction is addictio, what's unproductive is unproductive. Answering/Dealing with Spam ad emails costs this nation dearly in lost productivity, whats texting costing our youth, and ultimately this country?

    September 6, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  22. Nikhol Powell

    Yes texting while driving should be banned is the obvious answer. Unfortunately, people still drink and drive...

    September 6, 2009 at 11:56 pm |
  23. Chris

    What else can one conclude, but racism or blatant stupidity must be movating any group that objects to President Obama speaking to school chlldren about working hard and staying in school, then labeling it as it as Proaganda?. Sounds like an act of political desperation, rampant ignorance, and selective memory especially considering the same group once had a President who sopke to a captive audiance of school children about tax cuts? How can any group think that credibility insues from adopting that sort of misguided logic.

    September 7, 2009 at 10:17 am |
  24. Ryan

    What about commenting on blogs while driving....jeez...I almost hit somebody! Just kidding CNN. Love ya Tony Harris!

    September 7, 2009 at 5:05 pm |
  25. Laura

    I live in CA where texting is already banned. I know a few people who obey the law religiously who have stopped texting while driving. However, they also obey the speed limit, etc; so the people who are at actual risk of causing an accident while driving still text. Before a nationwide law is put into place, we should wait for numbers (have text-related accidents gone down in states where it is banned?) at the end of the year.

    September 8, 2009 at 3:32 am |
  26. Jeffrey M. Frazier

    is it just me or is texting while driving like drinking while driving? yes it should be banned. i'm not just saying this because it takes me ten minutes to text 'hello" to my family.

    September 11, 2009 at 3:46 pm |
  27. DWT, DWS, DWI

    Driving while texting (DWT) should carry the same penalties as (DWI)
    and talking without a head phone(DWH) or speakr phone(DWS) should raise your insurance rates by at least 100 dollars. Especially in a big city where things happen fast.

    September 11, 2009 at 4:55 pm |
  28. Don D. Brock

    Driving while texting (DWT) should carry the same penalties as (DWI)
    and talking without a head phone(DWH) or speakr phone(DWS) should raise your insurance rates by at least 100 dollars. Especially in a big city where things happen so fast.
    All cell phone with texting ability should have a gps feature permanently installed in them that will shut off the display if going faster than 15 mph. There would be no more texting problems at high speeds.

    Don D. Brock

    September 12, 2009 at 2:41 pm |