BILL WOULD OUTLAW TEXTING WHILE DRIVING
|Senator Judith Zaffirini of |
Laredo sponsored the House
bill that would make it illegal
to text and drive.
(AUSTIN) — Police officers could ticket drivers for texting behind the wheel under a bill considered by the Senate Transportation Committee Wednesday. HB 63, sponsored by Senator Judith Zaffirini, would make it illegal to use a mobile device for text-based purposes while operating a motor vehicle. Zaffirini said this law will help educate the public on the dangers of texting and driving. "It will impart a clear message that texting while driving is a dangerous activity, " she said.
Zaffirini cited studies showing that texting drivers are 20 times more likely to get in an accident than a non-texting drivers, and that texting may impair driving just as much as alcohol. Forty states and many Texas cities already have no-texting-and-driving laws on the books, but current state law only prohibits texting while driving in a school zone. The bill remains pending before the committee.
The Senate will reconvene Thursday, April 25 at 10 a.m.
Session video and all other webcast recordings can be accessed from the Senate website's Audio/Video Archive.