S. 1536, The ALERT Drivers Act (4 comments ↓)

  • This item is from the 111th Congress (2009-2010) and is no longer current. Comments, voting, and wiki editing have been disabled, and the cost/savings estimate has been frozen.
  • This bill, or a similar bill, was reintroduced in the current Congress as S. 1455, The Recovery Enhancement for Addiction Treatment Act.

S. 1536 would amend title 23, United States Code, to reduce the amount of Federal highway funding available to States that do not enact a law prohibiting an individual from writing, sending, or reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle.

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Bob Thompson

August 4, 2009, 1:26pm (report abuse)

Why must we have a law to prohibit every conceivable situation? In Texas we already have a law to "failure to maintain control". Doesn't matter is you're eating a burger, slurping a soda or scratching your arse. Why laws to pertain to certain actions? I guess our Representatives have to justify the time spent in Washington.

Dan Perlman

September 19, 2009, 8:32am (report abuse)

If this were simply a mandate to states to prohibit texting in these situations, I'd object to the federal govt's attempt to insert itself into yet one more part of our lives, but given that it's specifically tied to federal funding of highways, I actually have no problem with this. Putting conditions on the distribution of funds is perfectly acceptable, and states that don't wish to comply with the conditions can simply choose not to and lose funding.


September 19, 2009, 9:39am (report abuse)

it's outright extortion by the fed and usurping of state legislatures explicit powers.

Greg Thomas

March 10, 2010, 8:03am (report abuse)

I am against legislation that would ban texting while driving as I feel it is a vital option that I use for communicating and receiving e-mail. Public Safety officers use laptops in there vehicles every day receiving dispatch information. However, they also text messages back to the dispatch center and to other officer's vehicles with on-board laptops. This is no different than texting from a mobile device/cell phone. It would not be fair for an officer to pull me over and issue me a citation, when he/she was doing exacty the same thing in the officer's vehicle.

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