Gov. Perdue Speaks on Texting-While-Driving Ban

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Video: Gov. Perdue Speaks on Texting-While-Driving

Former Gov. Sonny Perdue

For the first time since the news broke five days ago, Governor Sonny Perdue spoke on why he might veto the adult texting-while-driving ban currently at his desk.

"I've got some concerns over the enforceability of that," Perdue said at a news conference today.

The governor has until June 8th to sign all bills into law. The bill in question is S.B. 360, also known as Caleb's Law. It bans texting while driving for anyone 18 and older; the problematic area is the part that makes it illegal to "read any text based communication."

Here is Perdue's example to describe why enforcing that part could be an issue:

"If I get my e-mails and I pick up a smart-phone and read my e-mails, I'm violating the law. But if I print out my e-mails and I have a sheet of paper driving [and look at it], then I haven't violated the law.

"So those are some of the concerns, and none of this business is black and white."

The governor was quick to point out that he has not yet made up his mind on the matter.

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