Hat's off to the Obama administration for deciding to address the latest scourge on our streets and highways: texting while driving. Or maybe it ought to be called DWT (driving while texting).

We're certain there are some states' rights advocates out there who believe the federal government ought to stay inside the Beltway and let the states address this problem, but it looks to us like a national problem that could use a national solution.

Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood agrees, and he intends to begin the process next month with a "summit" of state officials and safety experts.

Even the Wireless Association, representing manufacturers and wireless service providers, has endorsed the idea of the summit, to put an end to what it calls "distracted driving."

The outcome of all this is likely to be a series of state laws that empower local cops and the highway patrol to issue traffic tickets for DWT. That will help, but the threat of traffic tickets doesn't stop die-hard speeders, drunks and other reckless drivers.

We can't help thinking that an even better deterrent would be a penalty system that would suspend your texting account for 30 days.

That might work.

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