Texas House Passes Vote for Statewide Ban of Texting and Driving
Initial Voting For Statewide Ban on Texting and Driving Passes House
According to a report by News West 9, the Texas House of Representatives passed a statewide ban on texting while driving on Wednesday, March 15th.
Members voted 113-32 to tentatively approve the legislation, which will get a final vote in the House before it can proceed to the Senate. A Senate committee has passed a similar measure.
The bill’s author, state Rep. Tom Craddick, a republican from Midland, has pushed legislation that would penalize drivers who use their phones on the road.
This bill had met some strong opposition since its introduction. In 2015 and 2013, Craddick’s proposed bill passed the House but died in the Senate after it was voted down and in 2011, it passed in the House and Senate, however it was vetoed by then Gov. Rick Perry. Perry said it would “micromanage the behavior of adults.”
There are a handful of fatal crashes every day due to distracted drivers. The National High Traffic Safety Administration estimates that every day in the United States, more than eight people are killed in crashes that involve a distracted driver. While texting isn’t the only way to become preoccupied with something other than the road, it can play a part in the total numbers of things that can pull your mind off the task of driving. The website www.distraction.gov states that if you take your eyes off the road while driving at 55 miles per hour for a minimum of 5 seconds, which is the average time a person is distracted when driving and texting at the same time, you can travel over 300 feet. When you think about that distance, it’s essentially the same as driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded.
Most people may not be aware of exactly how much their eyes are off the road when they introduce outside interference into their driving habits. People have been witnessed to be brushing their teeth or even changing clothes while driving. The sad part about these things is that there may not be anything you can do to protect yourself against another extremely negligent driver. The cost of a vehicle repair and a hospital stay may be enough to financially bury some people. The loss of a loved one, on the other hand, could be even more devastating to a person emotionally and financially. Circumstance for every wreck are different and so talking to a professional personal injury attorney may be a smart option when deciding a course of action after a car wreck. If you would like to talk to an experienced lawyer, contact us.