The undercard to David Owen's Chamber of Commerce propaganda Tuesday was Senator Mike Vehle's (R-20/Mitchell) declaration that he'll support a statewide ban on texting and driving:
[Owen] said he didn’t foresee texting and driving coming back to the Legislature, but Vehle spoke up during the luncheon.
“I’m going to bring one to the Legislature,” Vehle said of a texting and driving ban. “I want to start a culture and have it be that you shouldn’t be texting and driving. We did that with seat belts.”
He hopes a texting and driving ban would become a cycle of children first telling parents not to text while driving. Then once the children are able to drive, parents will reinforce the law and tell the children to leave cell phones alone in the car.
“The culture is more important than how many tickets can be written,” Vehle said [Anna Jauhola, "Chamber Chief: Voters Didn't Believe Arguments," Mitchell Daily Republic, 2012.12.12].
That fits what Sen. Vehle said on the campaign trail in October. Fellow Republican Rep. Tona Rozum agrees; she says she'll support any bill Vehle presents during session. And on this issue, I'll support Vehle, too. We need to change the culture. We need to make clear that no text is more important than keeping your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
Pat, I know you always have a nanny-state-freak-out over sensible distracted driving rules. But if you could have overcome your grudge and backed Steve Sibson in the District 20 primary, you could have had a real Republican anti-nanny-state crusader representing Mitchell in Pierre.