Banning Texting? At Least Give Us This!

By Ralph Hipp

Kansas is on the verge of becoming the 20th state to ban texting while our drivers are behind the wheel.  Not just for the new teenaged drivers, but for all of us.  Even with a $400 million pothole in the budget to repair, this one's a no-brainer.  Americans are texting while they're driving, and in some cases, people are being killed by the carelessness.

That does not take away from the importance of instant communication with social media during the school or business day.  That's why the Department of Transportation should take my idea to heart, while our highway construction program is on hold for a few years.

Build "text stops" along our major highways. 

I would absolutely pull off to the side of the road if I felt I had to text someone during my drive to work.  I'm envisioning something exactly like the photo-taking stop at the Scenic Overlook on Bill Snyder Highway leading into Manhattan.  Maybe if enough of us text our lawmakers, we could add these temporary stops to some of our highways before Kansas drivers are injured or killed in some serious crashes.  If the state is banning texting, can you at least give us this?  Are you with me?    Ralph

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