Lawmakers Could Outlaw Texting While Driving
Wed, 24 Apr 2013 01:01:37 GMT —
A bill before the Texas Legislature would make it against the law to send a text message while driving.
If the bill becomes law, drivers would still be able to talk on their cell phones and use GPS.
This is not the first time state lawmakers have tried to pass this bill.
It passed three times before but was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry.
This time around, the House passed it.
It is now being considered by the Texas Legislature.
Texas State Rep. Eddie Lucio III (D-San Benito) is one of the authors of the bill.
It came about after a high school student was killed sending a text message while driving to school.
Lucio wants the roadways to be safer to protect his children and yours.
"My generation, when they go out and they see someone swerve, the first thought that comes to mind is not that they've been drinking and driving but that they've been probably using their cell phone," Lucio said. "They're probably texting. The majority of the time you pull up next to them and they're on the phone."
According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nine percent of drivers in the United States report texting or e-mailing while driving.
Lucio expects the bill to pass the legislature.
The Governor says it is against personal freedom.
He will have the final say.