Beginning Jan. 1, texting while driving in California could have you seeing red flashing lights in the rearview mirror, reports MSNBC.
The state ban follows one enacted last summer on talking on a cell phone while driving and a texting ban instituted earlier for minors. Some studies say a texting driver is as dangerous as a drunk driver. California Highway Patrol Officer Tom Maguire told the San Jose Mercury News:
Texting and driving do not mix. Driving a 5,000-pound steel vehicle at 65 miles per hour is a more pressing event than checking an e-mail or instant message.
Louisiana, Minnesota, New Jersey, Connecticut and Washington state already have similar bans, reports The San Francisco Chronicle.