Guest Editorial: Feedback & Speeding Legislation

MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - After last week's editorial supporting a statewide ban on texting while driving, we received these comments from viewers:

I don't believe Montgomery, Prattville, Hoover, or others should have banned texting… the state should have. I can't stand driving from city to city wondering how their laws or regulations differ.

Another viewer wrote…

Texting while driving is another law we don't need. We will all be safer on the highway only if each of us practices common sense and safe driving habits. No amount of legislation will do it for us.

And there was this rather touching response…

As a mother who lost her youngest daughter to distracted driving 5 years ago this month, I am not asking but begging our law makers to pass this law. I can't help her anymore, but together we can help others.

And since we are on the subject, I'd like to endorse another bill before the legislature.

One that would approve a local law allowing the city of Montgomery to use automated speed enforcement cameras in school and construction zones and in neighborhoods. The technology that is already reducing red light running in Montgomery can then be used to reduce speeding in these critical areas.

Mark Wilder
Director of Operations, Internet and Programming
WSFA 12 News