Report: Advocate Group Seeks to Revoke Driver’s License if Caught Texting While Driving

By Trevor Dorchies | September 06, 2012
Drivers who continue to text while driving have become a focal point of law enforcement agencies all around the country. This is in part of the fatality rate that continues to rise as a result of the distracted driving. Now, FocusDriven, an advocacy group for victims of motor vehicle accidents that involve drivers who used a cell phone, is calling for stiffer penalties for those caught texting while driving. "Impairment is impairment," said Rob Reynolds, executive director at FocusDriven in a statement. "A drunk driver knowingly engages in reckless driving due to the alcohol impairment. Cell phones impair a driver's ability to safely operate a vehicle and the penalties should be the same for these violations—including automatic license revocation and even jail." As it stands now, the penalty for texting while driving can be as low as $20 and go all the way up to $500 for repeated offenders. FocusDriven doesn’t think this is enough to stop drivers from texting while driving, and to combat this, the convicted driver should automatically lose his or her license at the first offense.  No remedy for recovering your license if it has been revoked because of texting while driving was provided by the group’s statement. FocusDriven has been known to support those who have been in an accident because the other driver was texting while driving and their families as well.
At the end of last year, one out of four teen drivers admitted to texting while behind the wheel. As of May of this year, 10 states along with Washington D.C., Guam, and the Virgin Islands have implemented a ban on all handheld devices while behind the wheel of a vehicle in hopes of curbing accidents and deaths. In all, 38 states have some sort of ban on texting while driving and three of those make it a primary offense. However, most of these laws are fluid and tough to enforce. Should drivers lose their license, regardless of age, when they are caught texting while driving even if it’s the first offense? Tell us what you think in the comment section below. Source: FocusDriven