Policy Group: Texting While Driving Isnt Evil

One group that wants to protect what it calls “individual liberty” is lashing out at those who want to ban texting while driving.

The Institute for Policy Innovation reacted to comments this week from U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood, who is interested in a nationwide ban.

IPI’s Bartlett D. Cleland says while so much attention is focused on mobile devices – whose technology changes on a regular basis – people continue to get away with what he calls more reckless activities, like eating, scolding children and fixing their hair.

Cleland also points to studies that show “conversation alone distract drivers, not holding onto a device.” He satirically asks, “… if the goal is really to save lives through elimination of distraction shouldn’t passengers be banned – or at least passengers who chat?”

Cleland is asking LaHood to keep the conversation focused on anything that makes drivers take their eyes off the road, not just texting or talking on the phone.

On its Web site, IPI describes itself as having a focus on approaches to governing that harness the strengths of individual liberty, limited government, and free markets.

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