This editorial first appeared in the Anchorage Daily News:
The late Jim Morrison of The Doors had the best sponsor statement for this legislation in just 11 words:
“Keep your eyes on the road, your hands upon the wheel.”
Gov. Sean Parnell signed House Bill 255 last Thursday, a bill that made explicit what lawmakers thought they had done in 2008 — banning texting while driving.
A Kenai magistrate cast doubt on the first effort in 2011, so Reps. Les Gara, D-Anchorage, and Bill Thomas, R-Haines, led a bipartisan effort to remove all doubt.