Tuesday, November 18, 2014

Bill Filed to Ban Texting on Texas Roads

Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) is calling on lawmakers to ban texting while driving. The legislator filed the Alex Brown Memorial Act that, if passed, would make it illegal to text behind the wheel. The bill is named after Alex Brown, a high school senior who lost her life to texting while driving.

Read Alex Brown’s story.

"Texans who text while driving increase their crash risk by at least eight times. That is comparable to driving while intoxicated. Like driving drunk, texting while driving is a dangerous habit that is not just risking the driver's life, it is risking the lives of other drivers, passengers and pedestrians alike," Representative Craddick said. "Writing a text, updating Facebook or checking your email messages is not worth injuring yourself or someone else."

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, in 2013 distracted driving caused nearly 100,000 traffic crashes, injuring nearly 20,000 people and killing 507.

Nearly half of all Texans admit to texting while driving

Approximately 38 Texas cities already ban texting while driving, and the state passed laws banning texting while driving for minors, school bus drivers, and anyone driving through a school zone. Representative Craddick says a statewide law banning texting while driving will protect drivers, passengers, pedestrians, and bicyclists throughout Texas.

“If this law saves one life, it will be worth it,” said Representative Craddick.

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