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Feedback at 5:00: Should Text Senders Share Accountability With Drivers?

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Wednesday's Feedback at 5:00:

Here in Michigan, it's already illegal to text and drive.

But in New Jersey, they're taking it a step further.

A recent court ruling made it so if a person who knowingly sends a text to a driver, that person can share liability if the driver causes an accident.

The New Jersey court said the sender would be liable if the person had a reason to know the recipient was behind the wheel and would read the messages.   

The court added someone who texts a driver is not liable for their negligent actions, but the texter has a duty to refrain if they know the person is driving and likely to read the message.

Do you think Michigan should adopt a policy that holds text senders accountable as well as the drivers?

It's tonight's Feedback at Five.