Texas House approves statewide ban on texting while driving

By Anoushah Rasta - Anchor/Reporter

HOUSTON - You’ve most likely seen the signs along the road or the terrifying ads on television reminding drivers to put the cell phones down and keep their eyes on the road.

"I think they're very educational because I'm on the road a lot every day and I see it every day. People ARE texting and driving and it's so, so dangerous,” said Kathy Miller.

Texting while driving has been the cause of terrible crashes.

In New Braunfels, Texas, 13 people were killed when their church bus crashed head-on with a truck. There are reports that the truck’s driver may have been texting and driving.

The City of Sugar Land hit the brakes on texting and driving in February when council members passed an ordinance prohibiting the use of portable electronic devices while driving a vehicle, unless that device is in hands-free mode or being used for an emergency.

"There's a lot of accidents and I saw a lot of people texting and driving so to me, it's the best thing. And actually, I think this one should be nationwide,” said Sandra Martinez.

"Just let people control their own actions. If they want to text and drive and crash into somebody, let them do that and suffer the consequences,” said Kevin Williams.

In March, the Texas House approved a statewide ban on texting while driving.

The bill’s author is Republican Rep. Tom Craddick, of Midland. He is facing some opposition to the bill.

“From a legal standpoint, it’s unenforceable. The bill said a police officer can’t inspect your phone and they can’t take your phone. So, how are they going to prove that you were engaging in texting," Rep. Harold Dutton Jr. said. 

Craddick’s office told Channel 2 News that the Senate has received the bill and may vote on it within the next couple of weeks.

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