Santa Fe lawmaker pushes for ban on texting on road

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Posted: Sunday, January 5, 2014 7:45 pm | Updated: 10:58 am, Mon Jan 6, 2014.

Maybe the fifth time will be the charm for a bill banning texting while driving in New Mexico.

Sen. Peter Wirth, D-Santa Fe, has pre-filed Senate Bill 19 to prohibit people from reading or typing on smartphones, iPads or any other handheld device while they are driving.

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  • Soulartist posted at 12:34 pm on Tue, Jan 7, 2014.

    Soulartist Posts: 2

    Driving is a full-time job. The fact that there is a need to ban texting while driving informs us about the limited state of awareness among those that must text while driving. Stupid people are dangerous. If the anti-texting law saves one life, then it's worth it.

    Common sense is not so common.

  • Stephen Newhall posted at 5:54 pm on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    sfnewhall Posts: 1

    Michael Sanchez believes killing people is perfectly ok, as long as you use an automobile to do it.

  • Dùghlas Mackay posted at 12:22 pm on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    bluenose40 Posts: 1

    ....having lived here permanently now for 3 1/2 yrs., I realize and I am frustrated that there is 'very' little enforcement of ANY vehicular laws except for speeding or drunk driving. I have watched various city police or sheriff's departments witness violations as have I, and they make no effort to stop people. Of course the real 'fault' lies with the drivers, they ignore pretty much any law they want, whenever they want! Speeding, obstructing the flow of traffic, refusing to change lanes for faster traffic, no stopping on red before turning right, etc. IF they don't enforce the minor violations regularly, the drivers feel emboldened to break the more serious rules of the road! IF the punishment for repeat offenders is so weak and carries little or no deterrent to the individuals, they will continue to do as please!

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 11:47 am on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    Little lap dogs, sticking their heads out the driver's window, blocking the driver's view of road and dash instruments doesn't seem to be much concern with law enforcement either.

  • Khal Spencer posted at 10:10 am on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    Khal Spencer Posts: 418

    Although the Careless Driving statute** by definition covers texting, I think making it explicit may be a good idea as may drivers as well as LEO's don't seem to "get it" as the behavior is endemic. I cannot think of a single reason NOT to pass this bill, and if Sen. Sanchez continues to block it, perhaps his constituency should make his time in the State Senate as short as possible. Let's not wait till we are putting up more descansos.

    ** 66-8-114. Careless driving.

    A. Any person operating a vehicle on the highway shall give his full time and entire attention to the operation of the vehicle.

    B. Any person who operates a vehicle in a careless, inattentive or imprudent manner, without due regard for the width, grade, curves, corners, traffic, weather and road conditions and all other attendant circumstances is guilty of a misdemeanor.

  • Mark Ordonez posted at 9:12 am on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    marcoordonez Posts: 659

    Why make a law that will never be enforced. Some of the biggest violators are SFPD and the Santa Fe County Sheriff's Department.

  • Meredith Madri posted at 8:42 am on Mon, Jan 6, 2014.

    FilmArtPhoto Posts: 34

    I agree a ban is needed... but will it do any good?
    Cell phone use is banned (unless "hands free") but clearly NOT ENFORCED.

    Santa Fe drivers seem to be among the rudest anywhere... apparently feeling entitled to endanger your life because the promise of a new snippet of information is more important. It is pretty commonplace to see people driving erratically while staring at their lap, or while actively texting ("Wow... is that lady drunk? Oh, no she is just staring at her phone").
    Enough already.

    m madri

  • Carolyn Garcia-Martinez posted at 9:35 pm on Sun, Jan 5, 2014.

    CarolynDM Posts: 431

    Why is common sense among those goons that make the laws, so incredibly lacking? Soon, we'll be the only state that doesn't ban it. But then again, this state, especially Santa Fe, enables drunk drivers to keep on doin' it, so why should we ban texting drivers. Pathetic.


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