States Move To Ban Texting While Driving
RENEE MONTAGNE, Host:
Fast forwarding to the present, our last word in business today is DWT - that's driving while texting. It's now a crime in more and more places. Cleveland is the latest city to ban the practice. Starting July 19th, drivers who are spotted texting while on the road will be fined $100. It's $250 for the second offence and $500 after that. The dangers might seem obvious, but many people just can't resist the urge to tap out a quick note while, say, driving to work. With that in mind, Cleveland is backing up its new law with a public awareness campaign to make people more aware of the risks of paying more attention to their messages than the road.
NPR transcripts are created on a rush deadline by an NPR contractor. This text may not be in its final form and may be updated or revised in the future. Accuracy and availability may vary. The authoritative record of NPR’s programming is the audio record.