This is a new TX law, I want to know what you think of this.
As far as I am concerned, everyone is distracted by cell phones, not just younger drivers. As far as the number of people in the car, we advocate car pooling and then ban it for those who need it. Curfew? Let my parents decide on my curfew please and thank you.New Traffic Laws Target Younger Drivers
POSTED: 5:24 pm CDT August 22, 2005
UPDATED: 10:48 am CDT August 23, 2005
FORT WORTH, Texas -- Lawmakers passed a new set of traffic laws that take effect Sept. 1. At least three of the laws, designed to improve roadway safety, affect drivers younger than 21 for the first six months they have a driver's license.
Beginning next week, drivers younger than 21 will not be allowed to talk on cellular telephones while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle.
Younger drivers also will be prohibited from carrying more than one passenger who is younger than 21 and not related to the driver.
Jeff McGrew, an 18-year-old student at Eastern Hills High School in Fort Worth, recently received his driver's license. He said some of his friends depend on other drivers because they don't have a vehicle.
"Carpooling saves gas," he said. "Some people don't have cars, so they should be able to ride with other people."
Another law prohibits drivers younger than 21 from driving between midnight and 5 a.m. unless they are driving for work.
One Fort Worth police officer said the new laws should make roads safer for all drivers by removing distractions from younger drivers.
"The attention span and attentiveness to their business, and learning the rules of the road and watching over the traffic -- it's an acquired capability and ability to avoid accidents," Lt. Gary Gray said.
Some younger drivers also said they support the limits placed on driving while using a cell phone.
"Talking on your cell phone distracts you, and you have accidents," said Shelina Alexander, a junior in high school.
Police, however, said the new cell-phone law could be difficult to enforce because drivers younger than 21 must be stopped for a separate violation before they can be cited for using a cell phone while driving.