Texas finally became the 47th state to pass a ban on texting while driving two weeks ago.
But for many of us, stringent restrictions on texting have been in place for years.
102 cities got tired waiting for state lawmakers to get on board with the rest of the country and passed their own cell phone ordinances.
In our DFW area, Arlington, Bedford, Grand Prairie, Hurst, Watauga, White Settlement, and other cities cracked down on negligent drivers. Arlington, for example, did this back in 2011.
That’s because it was obvious that texting while driving caused an obscene number of deaths and personal injuries. It is the number one cause, greater than driving while intoxicated and speeding combined.
In Texas last year, texting caused 455 people to lose their lives and over 3,000 others to be seriously injured — and those are just the cases where the police could get the at-fault driver to admit he or she was texting.
Here in Tarrant County, 22 drivers died and 236 suffered serious injuries. That’s maddening, right? Especially if you’ve been crashed into by someone texting.
Ironically, many Texans may see their local laws weakened now that the state has belatedly tiptoed into this important safety issue.
That’s because Governor Abbott has called a special legislative session in a few weeks. On the agenda is a law that will make the state’s anti-texting law supersede the stronger local laws that these cities and counties have on the books. Continue reading