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Should Texas Ban Texting While Driving? [POLL]

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The debate over a possible ban on texting while driving is heating up. Two years ago, Governor Rick Perry vetoed a bill that would have banned texting while driving. This time, Republicans think they have even more support and a tougher bill. Rep. Charles Perry is one of the lawmakers supporting the bill.

Perry appeared on KFYO yesterday and had this to say:

“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.”

Currently, Texas law prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from using wireless devices. Texas law also prohibits drivers from using cell phones in school zones where signs are posted.

Critics of a texting while driving law point say that enforcement would be tough, and that some states that have implemented such laws have actually seen accidents increase. Governor Perry vetoed the bill last time because he didn’t feel Texas should micomanage the behavior of adults.

What do you think? Should Texas ban texting while driving?


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