(Des Moines) Right now, texting and driving is against the law in Iowa, but police can’t pull you over for it unless you break some other law, like speeding or blowing through a stop sign. It’s a so-called “secondary offense”. But, Maquoketa Democrat Tod Bowman is pushing for a bill today that would raise such distracted driving to the level of a “primary offense”.
“This isn’t just about teenagers texting anymore. This is about us. This is about adults,” said Bowman.
And, Keystone Republican Dennis Kapucian says he was commuting the other day next to a driver “scrolling” through his smart phone while his kids were in the back seat of his truck. Kapucian says that’s just wrong.
“It’s not about how many people we can pull over and tickets we can write, but it’s about getting the word out that this is not a practice that should be occurring,” said Kapucian.
The bill passed out of the Senate Transportation Committee on an 11 to 1 vote today. It’s now eligible for debate by the full Senate.
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