State Loses Federal Funds over Weak Texting Law

Tennessee is missing out on hundreds of thousands of dollars from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration because the state law banning texting while driving is not strong enough, the Tennessean reports. Tennessee’s law falls short because of its narrow definition of texting while driving and because its penalty for violating the law does not escalate if someone does it repeatedly. State Rep. Jon Lundberg, R-Bristol, who spearheaded the passage of the original law, said he planned to introduce legislation next year to beef up the fines.