AUSTIN — Legislation to ban texting while driving in Texas is gaining momentum in the state House, where Republicans and Democrats alike have pledged support.
Multiple texting while driving bills were left pending in the House Transportation Committee on Wednesday, but not before committee members heard heartfelt testimony from individuals who have lost loved ones to a texting and driving car wreck.
Lisa Chapa of Mission, Texas, talked about the harsh reality texting and driving brought into her family's life. Her sister died in a car accident in November and was texting at the time of the wreck.
"Texting and driving changed the course of my family's life," Chapa said. "It needs to have more severe consequences. Maybe one person will understand that this does happen — it happened to us, and it can happen to them."