Many people feel that “distracted driving” is a new concept caused by drivers behind the wheel who are paying more attention to their cellphone than the road. But distracted driving traces its roots back to 1930 when then Massachusetts Governor George Packer wanted to have legislation passed in response to radios that were installed in automobiles. The legislative bodies of the state held hearings regarding this new road hazard, but ultimately they failed to outlaw the radios. Texting while driving, however, has now been banned in 39 states including California.
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Distracted driving scourge a repeat of 1930?