September 12, 2013
With changing times comes the need for changing regulation.
Rarely has this been more true than with the tendency to text message while driving. In times past it was an oddity to see someone driving down a highway at 60 mph reading a newspaper or a book.
Now, of course it is not an uncommon site to see a driver typing out words on a text message while driving through a crowded city street glancing up at oncoming traffic, pedestrians and traffic signals. It might be tempting in a community as close as we are to Clemson, Anderson and Southern Wesleyan universities to blame the teenagers and 20-somethings.
But we all know we have been tempted.
Anyone old or young can do it, educated or not. You think you can get away with it. The urgency is on to answer someone, until the tragedy happens and the urgent becomes much less urgent.
Likely voice recognition technology will improve and lessen the dangers, but we find wisdom in a suggestion recently by Rep. Phil Owens to make texting unlawful statewide. The City of Clemson has outlawed it, perhaps because of the large numbers of students, who seem to spend most of their lives communicating via text.
Owens point is well taken. There is no need for guesswork about where one may legally text while driving. If you drive in South Carolina, you shouldn’t put other drivers, or pedestrians at risk that you’ll make a mistake while concentrating on a text.
There should really be no need to tell a driver, but apparently there is.