TOL TXTING BAN?

That’s right; Toledo is now the next city on the ever-expanding list of those banning text messaging while driving. The Toledo City Counsel voted 10-2 to ban the act making it against the law to read, answer, and send a text message while behind the wheel. Talking on your cell phone will remain legal. If caught texting and driving the first time offense is a fine up to $100. The second offense is a $500 fine and up to 30 days in jail, and if you’re the unlucky one to be nabbed for a third time, it can land you a $750 fine and 90 days in jail. Currently 22 U.S. states have some form of partial or statewide ban on texting, along with D.C. having a district wide ban. Many wonder how Toledo Police will thwart this act when it can be easily hidden by setting your phone down. Phone applications such as DriveSafe.ly supply an alternative to texting while driving by automatically responding to text messages and emails by alerting the other party that you will contact them shortly after reaching your destination. DriveSafe.ly can also read text messages and emails out loud through your phone’s speaker. Claiming that over 62 million potential texting while driving accidents have been preventing by downloading their product. While it is available for free a “Pro” version will cost you $13.95. Many have praised DriveSafe.ly for it’s ease of use; as for me, it would not work correctly on my BlackBerry. The City of Toledo texting ban begins January 1, 2010.

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