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“When the Ohio State Senate passed legislation on March 25 to ban texting while driving, many people may not be happy about it. But is it really such a bad idea? The US Department of Transportation says that using a cell phone while driving impairs a driver’s reaction time and is comparable to drinking and driving.”

When the Ohio State Senate passed legislation on March 25 to ban texting while driving, many people may not be happy about it.

But is it really such a bad idea?

The US Department of Transportation says that using a cell phone while driving impairs a driver’s reaction time and is comparable to drinking and driving.

Would anybody argue that drinking while driving is a good idea and should be legal?

If anybody thinks this is ok, they probably shouldn’t be making our laws.

It makes sense, however, that drivers’ reaction times are not nearly as good. People who are making calls probably are paying attention to the person they are talking to rather than the road, other cars or pedestrians.

One cannot do both at the same time because that means that one either isn’t paying full attention to the road or the person one is talking to fully, which is both discourteous to the person one is talking to and the other drivers on the road.

Multitasking is also probably not a good idea. While some people might claim they can do it, can anyone text without their eyes on their phone? One’s eyes should probably be on the road instead of on their electronics.

Some people can barely text while walking, let alone driving. That probably doesn’t translate well to the road.

In fact, texting while driving probably would end up with either you or someone else, injured or worse dead.

So students, remember that you probably shouldn’t text, talk or even use your cell phone, or any electronic device while driving. It could end up with you dead or, potentially very soon, in prison.