Well, those are the casualty figures quoted by the US Department of Transportation, in support of a ban on text messaging by truck drivers. The law went into effect this week.
Yet, there’s controversy. Apparently, it’s one thing if bad guys kill lots of people, and another if good ole boys in trucks do it.
Here are a few comments I found related to an MSNBC.com story announcing the new law:
Who does Obama think he is? Moses? "Thou shalt not text and drive" Even though I agree that texting and driving is an accident waiting to happen, this is not his business. Restrictions and regulations on operating a motor vehicle falls under States rights. Speed limits, seat belt laws, helmet laws, are all up to individual States. The Federal government has no right to impose laws such as this.
It is time again for the American trucker to take action and tell the government to kiss off!
So listen up, guys. While you’re pulling one, two or three trailers worth of Wal-Mart products across federal interstates, don’t knit, write letters to your mom, put on makeup, file your nails, practice guitar or perfect your knuckle ball. If you do, expect to pay the price, so someone else doesn’t have to.