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Timilty Leaning Toward Voting Against Cell Phone Driving Ban

Fourth District state senator spoke in Sharon today.

is leaning toward voting against prohibiting cell phone use while driving.

Timilty (D-Walpole) told the Over 60 Men's Club today that such a ban could "lead to some infringement on my personal rights."

"Driving isn't a right. It's a privilege," said Timilty, whose Senate district includes: Mansfield, Attleboro's ward 3, precinct B, ward 4, precincts A and B, ward 5, precincts A and B, ward 6, precincts A and B; Norton; Rehoboth; Seekonk; and Dover; Foxborough; Medfield; Sharon, precincts 1, 4 and 5; and Walpole.

He anticipates voting on the measure this spring.

"I don't know that it's going to pass," Timilty said at the .

"I would bet that it's very close."

"Where do you draw the line on when can I tune my radio?" Timilty added.

Timilty answered questions for about 60 minutes during the men's club's weekly speaker session.

Besides the cell phone issue, questions were asked about such topics as the proposed Foxborough casino, and Timilty's support for the local humanities.

Police can pull drivers over for distracted driving now, Timilty said. And texting while driving is illegal, he noted.

 

T March 22, 2012 at 04:36 PM
Listening to books-on-tape, or even tuning a car radio, doesn't even come close to raising the level of driver-distraction that a cell phone conversation does. One may lose a tiny bit of convenience in order to save lives of pedestrians, cyclists and passengers in other cars, but why don't you view this as an opportunity to show that we all do care about safety-first and protection of ourselves and our community members. You do care about safety don't you? I hope we won't see more attempts trying to pollute the cell phone highly distracted driver issue (haven't you seen the studies?) -- with some weak inference to radio listening. You may as well say let's raise the speed limit to 100 mph because it's "convenient," which is of course is the way a teenager might view such things.

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