Texas senate passes texting-while-driving ban
POSTED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 11:39am
UPDATED: Thursday, May 26, 2011 - 2:04pm
The Texas Senate approved a measure this evening that would ban texting and sending emails and instant messages while driving.
The measure by state Sen. Judith Zaffirini, D-Laredo, was added to HB 242, a bill that would give retired peace officers permission to carry a concealed handgun without a concealed handgun license.
Zaffirini said texting while driving is 23 times more dangerous than non-distracted driving and 17 times more dangerous than just talking on the phone while driving. "This is one of these opportunities we have to save lives," Zaffirini said. "The life you save could be that of a person you love dearly."