Texas Texting and Driving Bill Advances 3/6/13
AUSTIN, Texas - A proposal to ban texting behind the wheel is making
progress in the Texas Capitol.
The House Transportation Committee voted 6 to 1 in favor of the bill on
Tuesday. It moves to the full House for consideration. Texas has already banned
any use of mobile devices by drivers under age 18.
Texting while driving is illegal in 39 states. Local ordinances ban the
practice in cities including Austin, El Paso and San Antonio.
The new measure would extend the ban to all drivers statewide. Rep. Tom
Craddick is calling it "the bipartisan bill of the session."
But Gov. Rick Perry vetoed a similar proposal in 2011. His views have not
changed. He calls the idea "government micromanagement."