Sens. Jay Rockefeller and Kay Bailey Hutchison have introduced the Distracted Driving Prevention Act, which would provide incentives to states in the form of safety belt education funds allocated for campaigns against distractions such as texting while driving, reports PC Magazine. The bill would require half the money to be used for things like distracted driving education and advertising programs, traffic signs or law enforcement. The remaining money could be used for other traffic safety needs.
A bill introduced by Commerce Committee member Charles Schumer in July, on the other hand, relies on penalties. Schumer's bill would require states to ban driving while texting or face the loss of highway funds. Still, Schumer is a co-sponsor of the Rockefeller bill. The Democratic senator says:
Regardless of the difference of our approaches, we all have the same goals in mind-to keep the roads safer. My hope and belief is that, in the end, we'll have a bill that combines the best of both worlds.