Governor Perry’s Veto of Texting While Driving Ban

I was disappointed that after our legislature finally passed a bill that would have made it illegal to write, read, or send text messages, e-mails, and instant messages while driving. This bill would have prevented thousands of collisions each year caused by distracted drivers, our governor decided to veto it.

When the bill was introduced, I was happy that something was finally going to be done to crack down on this problem. Similar laws are already on the books in 20 other states.

Unfortunately, Governor Perry vetoed the bill because he believes it is “overreaching” and not what the government should be doing. Governor, protecting its citizens is exactly what the government should be doing.

Dave Teater, a senior director for Transportation Strategic Initiatives for the National Safety Council, said texting and driving is a new threat to public health and safety and that the governor’s decision to veto the legislation was “disastrous.”

“If the state is not willing to say whether it’s right or wrong, then it implies that is is not dangerous” he said. {People are crashing and causing fatalities across the country. If our government can’t be involved in public safety, I don’t know what government is good for.”

I have represented numerous drivers injured by distracted drivers, specifically drivers who were texting. When people are looking down, they are not paying attention. It’s as simple as that. When you’re not paying attention behind the wheel of a car, you are a threat to yourself and others.

If you have been injured in a wreck caused by a driver who was texting, you need an experienced Board Certified Personal Injury Attorney to represent you and get you the money you deserve. Call my office at 817-885-8000 to discuss your case.

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