Texting is Nothing to LOL at in Midland Empire

Published 04/28 2010 11:01PM

Updated 05/15 2012 03:09PM

If you live in Kansas, be warned. The Department of Transportation is taking a bold stance on texting while driving.

It's cheaper to text than talk, but could the money you save in minutes end up costing you more in the end?

Kansas transportation officials think so, with a new video release that takes aim at the popular pastime that isn't just for the young or for Kansans.

The intersection of Belt and Faraon during an average evening finds drivers talking, talking, and texting.

Drivers, both young and young at heart, have taken to texting while driving to get their message across.

Herman O'Dell says he's done it.

"I've done it a couple of times and its not any different from drinking and driving, really because you are more interested in the conversations you are having, than on the road," O'Dell said.

The Kansas Department of Transportation couldn't agree more.

They recently posted a new video on the departments YouTube channel.

It's message is nothing to "LOL" at.

The video release comes at a time for Kansas when traffic safety advocates are pushing state legislators for a total ban on texting while driving.

The state of Missouri isn't far behind.

The Missouri Senate gave first round approval on Monday to a bill that would ban texting behind the wheel for drivers of all ages.

The ban would replace an existing state law that went into effect last year. That law prohibits only drivers younger than 21 from texting while driving.

Admitted texter Stephanie Burns says that law could be helpful.

"It's just so hard to crack down on, so I don't know how useful it would be. I don't know anyone who's gotten pulled over for texting," Burns said.

23 states already have similar texting while driving bans.

The National Safety Council estimates that at least 1.6 million crashes nationwide are caused every year by drivers using cell phones and texting.

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