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Representative Charles Perry and Advocate Jeanne Brown Discuss Texting And Driving [AUDIO]

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On Tuesday’s edition of Lubbock’s First News, state representative Charles Perry and advocate Jeanne Brown talked with Tom Collins and Laura Mac about the efforts to prohibit texting while driving in Texas.

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A proposed ban on texting and driving has been one of the hot topics in the Texas legislative session. Although the most recent attempt at a bill banning texting and driving was vetoed by Governor Rick Perry, representative Charles Perry says a new bill is now making its way through the Texas House. He said this new bill has gained the same amount of support the previous bill did, and is expected to be much stronger on the penalties side.

“What I think [this bill] does is try to put a little bit more teeth into the enforcement provisions…it’s got a little more strength behind it, if you will. And I understand that the enforcement of it is going to be tough, and I’ve heard this discussion with law enforcement, and I respect that. But again, I think it’s more or less awareness.”

Perry expects this bill to also make it to the governor’s desk.

Following Perry, Jeanne Brown spoke with Tom and Laura about her experience with texting and driving. Brown’s daughter Alex was killed in an automobile accident in 2009, and was shown to have been texting at the time of the accident. The Brown family now travels from school to school talking to students about the dangers of texting and driving.

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