ALERT Drivers bill introduced in U.S. Senate to ban texting while driving

The Alert Drivers Act — “Avoiding Life-Endangering and Reckless Texting by Drivers Act” — is a bill introduced by Senate Democrats which require all states to ban texting on cell phones or other personal electronic devices by drivers.

The bill applies to anyone operating a car, truck, bus or mass transit system conveyance like light rail. Already, 14 states have a ban in place and 11 states have a modified plan. Washington State recently enacted RCW 46.61.688 “Sending, Reading, or Writing a Text Message While Driving” which makes it a secondary offense to text while driving.

The Senate’s bill, if passed, requires states to issue texting bans or lose federal highway funds.

A research report by Virginia Tech Transportation reported that drivers truck drivers who text while driver are 23.2 times as likely to be in an accident than non-distracted drivers. Likewise, a report in