A bill to prohibit texting while driving has now made it to the full state Senate. Lexington’s Jake Knotts, the sponsor says, “We’ve got to get back to the original thought process of making our highways safe, by making sure that when you put your key into the car, your focus is on operating that car.”
Knotts, a former law enforcement officer, likens a driver’s license to a gun license:
A gun is a weapon only if the operator of the gun uses it as a weapon. A car will not hurt you unless the operator does something wrong to cause that cause to wreck or hurt someone.
That is why Knotts, a supporter of personal freedom, supports this crackdown.
You can protect yourself, but this is to protect other people on the highway. I just feel very strongly that if we are going to make our highways safe then we need to protect the people that you will hurt when you get in the car–like with DUI.
The bill would fine violators $45 and a point on their license.
It has been amended in Judiciary committee to include an initial six month period for officers to write warnings instead of tickets and allowing driver education to offset some of the penalty for a first offense.
Last session, the bill died when it ran out of time. Knotts says he has heard more public support this time around.