28 percent of traffic accidents happen because drivers are talking on cell-phones or sending text messages. Those findings come from a study by the National Safety Council, and while those numbers may raise eyebrows, they’re just numbers. Far more devastating are the losses in human terms that come from sometimes fatal road accidents caused by distracted drivers.
Both houses of Congress are considering bills restricting texting while driving. And 19 states have already banned the practice. Vermont could soon join them. The Senate Transportation Committee is holding a hearing today on bills that would ban texting while driving, and members of the public will have their say.
One of them will be Norman James, who’s with the Vermont Department of Labor’s "Project Road Safe." And when VPR’s Mitch Wertlieb asked him whether texting while driving should be illegal, he says it’s a no-brainer.
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