The council’s omnibus bill which I mentioned yesterday had a bit that’s likely to impact all of you drivers: a complete and total ban on texting while driving in the District. The law as it’s written defines texting to include any time you “compose, send, receive, or read a written message or image” and it includes texts, instant messages and electronic mail.
Who needs speed cameras? Fining lobbyists with their blackberries could solve all our financial woes $100 at a time.
Unlike violating the hands-free rules there’s no first offender clause here. So if your friends text you directions to their house you’d better write them down on a piece of paper and read THAT while driving.
I’m not sure why we haven’t seen any press on this. As an emergency act it’s been in effect since Oct 21 when the major signed it, so in theory it’s already operational and the cops can cite you for texting while driving till it expires in late January.