Wisconsin’s new ban on texting while driving is a prime example of “feel good legislation” that really doesn’t do anything. That’s the feeling of Jim Baxter, President of the National Motorists Association, based in Waunakee.
Baxter says there have been penalties for inattentive driving in the state for a very long time, which already allow police to pull someone over for not keeping control of a vehicle. He says adding more and more layers of rules and regulations does little to address the problem.
Baxter also argues that texting bans actually make the roads less safe. He claims insurance industry studies have shown drivers find new ways to try and conceal their texting while driving, resulting in them paying less attention to what’s going on around them on the roads.