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Texas moving closer to banning texting and driving

While many states have laws prohibiting drivers from texting and driving, Texas has yet to pass similar legislation. Distracted driving injures and kills thousands of people every year in the United States. In order to prevent these avoidable tragedies, law enforcement officers are cracking down on people who choose to use their cellular devices while behind the wheel.

Currently, Texas is one in four states that does not have rules banning texting and driving. It is not from lack of trying, however. Representatives have tried for years to get a statewide texting ban passed, only to have the bill vetoed by Governor Rick Perry.

House Bill 62 has now passed through the house and senate, and lawmakers are excitedly anticipating this new legislation. It is predicted to save lives as motorists will be ticketed if caught texting and driving.

One man who is pleased at the development of the bill is a strong believer in prohibiting this deadly act of distraction. His 6-year-old grandson was waiting on the sidewalk when he was hit and killed by a distracted driver.

People who engage in distracting activities while driving should be held responsible for the consequences of their actions. If you are the victim of a distracted driver or lost a loved one due to a negligent motorist, you may want to speak to an attorney regarding your legal rights. In addition to answering your questions, an attorney may be helpful in getting your life back on track.

Source: Fox 7 News, “Statewide texting ban bill passes Texas senate, heads to Governor Abbott’s desk,” RaeAnn Christensen, May 19, 2017. 

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