Improved technology improves safety, right? Not necessarily when it comes to smart phones. While this new technology has literally changed the world in the last few years, improper use of these devices by drivers has made our roads more dangerous.
Drivers using portable digital devices while driving have become a national safety issue. This activity includes making phone calls, texting, and emailing while driving. In 2011 over 3,000 people were killed in distracted driving crashes. In Texas alone in 2012 there were 90,378 traffic crashes involving distracted driving. It would seem obvious that a law preventing this activity while driving would easily pass the legislature of any state. That is not the case, however. Both the Texas House and Senate passed a law banning texting while driving in 2011 that was subsequently vetoed by Governor Rick Perry. Similar efforts in the 2013 Texas legislative session failed to even make it to Governor Perry’s desk.
The Governor is against the bill as he views it as government micro-management of adult behaviors. However, numerous studies show that driving while distracted can be just as hazardous as drunk driving.
Help make our roads safe – don’t text while driving, be a good passenger and speak out if the driver of your car is texting while driving. Get the word out – encourage your family and friends to drive phone-free.
What is your opinion? Contact your State Senator or legislator and let them know your thoughts.