Iowa May Soon Toughen Its Distracted Driving Laws

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Texting while driving is illegal in the state of Iowa, but it’s only a secondary offense, meaning that vehicle operators can’t be pulled over unless a police officer sees them engaging in some other illegal act first.  However, that could change if a bill being considered by the state’s Senate is passed.  Currently being mulled by a Senate subcommittee, the measure would make it so that all forms of distracted driving would become a primary offense.  The expanded version of the law would include texting as one of the various practices that could lead to distraction.  A debate yesterday did not lead to approval, as legislators worried that the language being used for the law was too broad.  And the state’s American Civil Liberties Union thought the measure as it stands could allow for racial profiling.  The measure will be debated further.

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