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Pro-Con: Should using cellphones while driving be banned?

Dec. 29, 2013 at 6:29 a.m.
Updated Dec. 30, 2013 at 6:30 a.m.


CITIES THAT HAVE Texting while driving bans in Texas

• Alamo

• Arlington

• Austin

• Bellaire

• Brownsville

• Conroe

• Corpus Christi*

• El Paso*

• Galveston

• Harlingen

• Magnolia

• McAllen

• Mission

• Missouri City

• Mount Vernon

• Nacogdoches

• Palmview

• Penitas

• San Antonio

• Shoreacres

• Stephenville

• Tomball

• Universal City

• West University Place

Prohibits all use of hand-held electronic devices while driving. Corpus Christi adopted its ordinance in October.

Did you know?

In November 2012, House Bill 63 was introduced to the Texas Legislature. The bill, which asks for the creation of an offense for use of a hand-held wireless communication device for text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle, passed the House in April but was not approved by the Senate. The bill had at least 32 Texas representative sponsors.

Distracted Driving Laws in Texas

• Banned use of hand-held phones and texting in school zones

• Banned texting for bus drivers

• Banned texting for novice drivers

• Banned all cellphones (hand-held and hands-free) for novice drivers

• Banned all cellphones (hand-held and hands-free) for bus drivers.

SOURCE: distraction.gov

Chances are you've done this before.

You're driving down the road, relaxing one hand at the 12 o'clock position on the steering wheel as you talk on the phone to a friend about just how horrible your day was.

Guilty?

Those daily venting phone call sessions seem routine, but in the near future, they could cost you.

As of December, 12 states have issued bans on hand-held cellphone usage while driving. And although Texas is not one of those, cities such as Corpus Christi have approved citywide bans and hefty fines.

Though it is not yet state law, the concern of distracted driving is garnering state attention with the proposal of House Bill 63, a piece of legislation that would ban texting but not talking on cellphones while driving.

The bill still awaits senate approval.

With the issue's growing attention, is it only a matter of time before cities in the Crossroads enact their own bans?

Pro: Texting, talking on phone distract drivers, cause accidents

Con: Ban would be difficult to enforce

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