The District Attorney in Nassau Country is currently trying to change the punishment for drivers caught texting on roadways. The new penalty would require those drivers to temporarily disable their phones while they're driving.
District Attorney Kathleen Rice compares texting dangers to drunk driving. While they're not the same, both take the driver's focus off of the road and have resulted in a lot of pain and suffering. It's no small problem, either. About 20% of drivers text or surf the Web while driving according to the National Highway Safety Administration.
"Like ignition interlock devices, transdermal alcohol monitoring ankle bracelets, and personal breath testing instruments, DA Rice believes that available technologies must be employed in criminal sentences to change behavior and save lives. The cost of each of these devices would be borne by the offender," the prosecutor said in a press release.
There are already 44 states that have outlawed texting while driving, but that's obviously not enough because a lot of people still don't think it's a big deal. Hopefully this new rule goes into effect and can change their minds.