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Iowa Legislature To Consider Stronger Texting And Driving Law

February 19, 2014, 5:55 PM by Jared Ransom

Iowa Legislature To Consider Stronger Texting And Driving Law

Texting and driving is a secondary offense in Iowa now, but if some state legislators have their way, that will change very soon.

"I do feel they have to pass these laws to keep everybody safe, yes I do," driver Wanda Wulf said.

A Senate Transportation Subcommittee passed a measure on Tuesday allowing officers to pull people over for texting and driving on its own, something some Iowa drivers have been waiting to hear.

"I think that'd probably be ok, because I do think it's very dangerous and I don't know that it's any different than any of your other offenses," driver Wanita Koedam said.

For Wanda Wulf, one of the few times she gets nervous on the roads is when she sees other drivers looking down at their phones.

"Yes, I am, because sometimes they cross the center line and I do not feel comfortable," Wulf said.

The fact that Iowa doesn't have stiffer punishments for people texting and driving is not a surprise to Koedam, but she says times are changing.

"I don't think it's been a huge problem. I think the problem keeps getting bigger and bigger, so I'm not surprised that it's not there yet, but I wouldn't be surprised if it does pass," Koedam said.

While some members of the Iowa Legislature want to take a tougher stance on texting and driving, that doesn't necessarily mean that drivers are going to pay attention to this new law."

"I really don't know. I think people are just going to do it anyway. I don't like it, but I know people would do it anyway," Wulf said.

"If you're going to text and drive, you're probably going to do it anyway, but maybe you'll think about it after the first time you get picked up," Koedam said.

The subcommittee that passed this measure on Tuesday was made up of three state senators. It still needs to go through the full House and Senate, but it will be discussed in the Iowa Transportation Committee on Thursday.

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