Don't (Fill in the Blank) and Drive

It's a worldwide war on distracted drivers. Judges in India will fine people who smoke and drive $32. In New Jersey, some lawmakers want to ban sending text messages while behind the wheel. They estimate that one in five people are typing while driving — and that percentage is even higher among younger drivers.

Copyright © 2007 NPR. For personal, noncommercial use only. See Terms of Use. For other uses, prior permission required.

STEVE INSKEEP, host:

Good morning. I'm Steve Inskeep, with news in the worldwide war on distracted drivers.

Judges in India banned people from smoking and driving. If you're caught, the fine is $32. If you live in New Jersey, send a quick warning to your friends, but not by text message. Some New Jersey lawmakers want to ban sending text messages while driving. One out of five people type on tiny keyboards while behind the wheel. The percentage is even higher among younger drivers.

You're listening to MORNING EDITION.

Copyright © 2007 NPR. All rights reserved. No quotes from the materials contained herein may be used in any media without attribution to NPR. This transcript is provided for personal, noncommercial use only, pursuant to our Terms of Use. Any other use requires NPR's prior permission. Visit our permissions page for further information.

NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by a contractor for NPR, and accuracy and availability may vary. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Please be aware that the authoritative record of NPR's programming is the audio.

Comments

 

Please keep your community civil. All comments must follow the NPR.org Community rules and terms of use, and will be moderated prior to posting. NPR reserves the right to use the comments we receive, in whole or in part, and to use the commenter's name and location, in any medium. See also the Terms of Use, Privacy Policy and Community FAQ.

Support comes from: