We recently posted about the inconsistent distracted driving laws in Idaho, and asked for more examples of poorly crafted legislation.
Well – the News Journal website has reported on laws recently passed in the state of Texas, which look, on the face of it, to be un-enforceable.
According to the article, the Texas House passed a bill that would make it a crime to send text or email messages from a cell phone while behind the wheel – but changes to the bill have made it OK for Texans to read texts or emails while they’re driving, essentially making it impossible for police to enforce.
Yes – it’s illegal to compose a text but OK to read one while you’re driving.
As well as making the job of police almost impossible, there seems to be no logic behind the way this legislation has been worded – the article reports that discussion on the House floor revolved around the argument that “it is not illegal to read a newspaper or a book while driving, so why would Texas make it illegal to read an electronic message?”
Read the full article here: http://www.news-journal.com/opinion/editorials/article_e288fe9d-63fb-5622-bfe8-ddc621b29ee6.html
Feel free to let us know about other similarly worded laws.