We have all heard and appreciate the ubiquitous emphasis patrol ads from local law enforcement such as, “Drive sober or get pulled over”; “Click it or ticket it”; and “Drive hammered, get nailed.” It is curious that we have not heard anything regarding the law against hand-held cell phone use and texting while driving. Citizens seriously injured in accidents caused by inattentive drivers who are texting suffer just as much as those who don’t wear seat belts.
All one has to do is drive on the Bothell-Everett Highway, 128th Street or 164th Street Southwest anytime during the day and see the numerous people who are disregarding the texting law. There has been such a proliferation of drivers who are blatantly ignoring the law that it is obvious they do not fear getting ticketed. Certainly both the attention and judgment of drivers who are texting while driving is significantly impaired, putting other citizens at risk.
With this lack of emphasis, one can only assume that law enforcement does not put a priority on enforcing the cell phone/texting law. It is time for the law enforcement community to emphasize this important law and vigorously enforce it.