Texting and driving have matured beyond being the stereotypical problem of teenagers. Today, more people irrespective of their age groups are involved in this dangerous and sometimes fatal practice. In an attempt to end this inconsiderate act and prevent accidents the state of Texas alongside many others states are pushing for a bill to ban text driving.
State Rep Tom Craddick has been advocating passing this bill despite his first four tries ended in a stalemate. However, this time the House Bill 62 has been gaining some steam, unlike the previous four bills. The House Transportation Committee approved this bill with unanimous support. Back in 2011, a similar bill passed on both chambers of the state government.
Research Backs Ill-Effects Of Text Driving
Various studies conducted on controlled lab scenarios on texting and driving has shown that text driving definitely distracts the driver at a dangerous level. Researchers at the University of Houston have been looking at what causes stress during driving and there is no doubt that texting increases stress. In some cases, it is worse than talking on the cell phone while driving and drunk driving.
Distracted drivers are one of the primary reasons for many car crashes, particularly in work zones. In 2012, there were at least 17,000 crashes in work area zones. And the majority of them are associated with distracted motorists. So, it’s not surprising that the bill has garnered plenty of support from most lawmakers and there weren’t any objections against the bill during the original committee hearing on Thursday. The bill isn’t remotely controversial as most of the public as well as public officials, police, and the business community support it as well.
It is worth mentioning that 46 of the 50 U.S. states already outlawed texting while driving. 17 states have gone even further by banning the use of cell phones and other handheld devices while driving.
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