State should ban texting while behind the wheel

info@islandpacket.comNovember 21, 2013 

I agree with the Nov. 3 editorial about the need for state action to ban texting while driving. Lack of action by the state legislature has led to a confusing and wasteful patchwork of local ordinances as we have seen in Beaufort County. While the action of local officials to make up for the ineptitude of state legislative representatives is commendable, it is a distraction from their normal duties to carry out local responsibilities. The fact that South Carolina is one of only three states without such a ban is disgraceful.

I wrote a letter to Sen. Tom Davis, a Beaufort Republican, on July 16, expressing the need for state action. No response was received. Instead of useful and important legislation, he is wasting time on the ill-conceived HB-3101, called the Freedom of Health Care Protection Act.

That bill should be dealt a swift death by the Senate in January. It is a foolish attempt to pass a state law that contravenes federal law passed by Congress and upheld by the Supreme Court regarding the Affordable Care Act. If passed and made law, HB-3101 will be unenforceable. The Affordable Care Act has many flaws that need to be fixed, but time at the state and national level would be better served pursuing constructive measures rather than actions intended to subvert that law.

Toney A. Mathews

Hilton Head Island

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