Maine has become the 33rd state to enact a law prohibiting texting while driving. After the discussion, and all those polls in which everyone agrees such laws are needed, it kind of makes you wonder about the 17 states that still don’t have them.
Maine Gov. Paul LePage signed the law that includes a minimum $100 fine for violations when it goes into effect in September. Federal transportation officials are pleased.
“Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year on our roads and injures hundreds of thousands more,” said U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood. “By signing this tough texting ban into law today, Gov. LePage has taken a crucial step to improve safety and save lives on Maine roads.”