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Bill approved in Iowa to make texting while driving a primary offense

Posted on Thursday, February 27th, 2014 at 9:19 pm    

A bill that makes texting and driving a primary offense in Iowa was just passed by the state Senate. Legislators hope that the law will lessen the amount of car accidents caused by distracted drivers.

The Senate Study Bill 3191 sponsored by Senator Tod Bowman (D-Maquoketa) was approved on Thursday, February 20. A House deliberation is expected in the following weeks. Under the approved bill, police may cite drivers on the road who are seen using their mobile phones to send short messages.

Before the passing of the bill, people using cellular phones to send text messages were given a ticket only if they were violating other traffic regulations.

Texting while driving can cause serious injuries to other motorists or pedestrians on the road. If you have been injured by a distracted driver in Cedar Rapids, the lawyers of Leehey Olson Law, P.C., could help you hold careless drivers accountable. Speak with a member of our legal team today by calling (319) 294-4424.


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