Wyoming Bill to Ban Texting While Driving Advances

CHEYENNE, Wyo. (AP) - A bill that would ban Wyoming drivers from sending text messages has cleared two important legislative hurdles. Democratic Senator Floyd Esquibel of Cheyenne is the prime sponsor of the bill, Senate File 20. He says that banning texting while driving would improve highway safety in the state.

The Senate voted 26-4 to introduce the bill on Monday, and the Senate Transportation Highways and Military Affairs Committee then voted unanimously to recommend approval. Col. Sam Powell is administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol. He spoke in favor of the bill at the committee hearing.

Powell says the texting ban would primarily affect younger drivers and should improve highway safety.

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A friend of mine was in a

A friend of mine was in a really bad car accident while texting on the high way and she learned a good lesson but to bad so many other people still do it and thats what it takes for them to realize that what they are doing is dangerous. I know a few car donation organizations that have received them from people who were texting then had cars taken away.

ban daydreaming

Day dreaming - you know, driving on autopilot - is dangerous too. We should ban that too. Rosie Berger, please create a bill for next year, if you're still around by then, to ban daydreaming while driving.

This is what politicians do

This is what politicians do when they don't want to do real work. Instead of trying to expand the economy, protect the enviroment, or fix health care they fixate on nonsense like this to distract the public from the fact that they are doing a poor job. Next election they will parade aroung this wonderful piese of feel good tom foolery so they don't have to talk about unemployment, energy costs, medical care, or the sweet deals they always seem to give to their donors.

first time ever

This is the first time ever i can agree with RJONES!!

Garbage

What a piece of feel good legislative garbage, does there have to be a law for every possible ill of society? It is so sad, and angering to see Wyoming turn into a nanny state. I'm just so tired of The state of Wyoming, and government in general not being able to efficiently run so much as a garage sale or lemonade stand yet having the audacity to pass even more laws for the little people.....And that goes for the spineless republicans too...

Typical bill supported by

Typical bill supported by your bed wetters that want the state to hold their hands every chance possible.

All this bill really is,is an oppurtunity for law enforcement to further eliminate probable cause for traffic stops,so they can instigate some type of fine to justify their jobs.While they have you pulled over they'll start in with asking for consent searches in hopes of finding an open container or weed.Then when that fails,they'll try to get you to admit that you weren't wearing a seat belt.

The seat belt law and now this texting bill are prime examples of why every private citizen needs tinted windows in their vehicle,don't worry though law enforcement wants tinting removed for Bikers safety,plus it's real hard to make up lies to pull someone over,when you can't see what they're doing in the vehicle.Which then forces law enforcement to make up excuses that your plate tag is in the wrong corner of your license plate etc,or that they couldn't see your tag,but of course now that they're out of the vehicle they can.

WOW! I cant believe I agree

WOW! I cant believe I agree with everything you say here! Miracles do happen.

You're spot on about the

You're spot on about the "eliminate probable cause for traffic stops" .. People now days are to dumb to see the hidden agenda.. No one wants to stand up and be a citizen in order to protest this waste of time on hand holding bills..

I disagree with this idea.

I disagree with this idea. If these people can't figue out how to not get killed I don't want them sticking around. We take every step to reduce natural selection and now we have people texting while they are driving because they lack common sense and should have been emoved from the gene pool long ago. I say let them text so we can free up some room for the more intelligent people in this country.

Seriously????

Seriously? It's just like drunk driving. People who text are not just affecting themselves, they affect everyone else on the road at the same time they are. Destractive driving has been proven to be more dangerous that intoxicated driving.

I find people who feel that people who think those who text while driving are only affecting themselves are ignorant. I wish people would open their eyes and see the real world out there! It does not revolve around just a few people, but we all must take responsibility as what we choose to do affects others!

texting

People already know that they need to pay attention while driving. There are already laws against reckless driving. Why is it that legislators think creating specific laws governing every behavior is going to suddenly prompt the irresponsible to be responsible? The real outcome of this law will be another excuse for law enforcement to pull someone over for "suspicion of texting" when they are actually fishing for a DUI or just harassing some teens. I don't think we need any more government intrusion in our lives.

WELL ITS THINGS LIKE TEXTING

WELL ITS THINGS LIKE TEXTING THAT KILLS PEOPLE AND THERE TRYING TO BAN IT SO IT MAKES THE ROAD WAYS A LITTLE MORE SAFE. IF YOU DIDNT WATCH OPRAH HERE AWHILE BACK ON CELLPHONES THEN YOU NEED TOO BECAUSE CELL PHONES/TXTING IS UPPER THERE WITH DRIVING DRUNK ARE THE LEADING WAYS OF CAUSING CRASHES AND KILLING PEOPLE.

Texting while driving

I think it is a wonderful idea - had too many near misses because fools were texting while driving -

Here is a thought...

How about a bill to ban government spending. It's STUPID bills like this that take time away from Americas real issues.. How many hours go into bills like this ... The hate bills are the same issue, its all a show to make people think that something is getting done..

This is not a stupid bill

This is not a stupid bill there trying to make roadways safier because txting takes your mind away from driving.

You need to learn to take

You need to learn to take care of your self...

So do you think they should

So do you think they should make drunk driving legal too? This isn't about protecting the driver, it's about protecting pedestrians and other drivers who are innocent and don't deserve to me mowed down by a person who is too involved with texting to pay attention to the road. Obviously people haven't learned yet that texting and driving is dangerous or we would hear or train crashes and fatal car accidents caused by it. It's a real problem and it needs to be fixed.