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Distracted drivers will be a topic in special legislative session


Distracted driving continues to be one of the most prominent traffic-related issues that states throughout the country are addressing. While most states have already passed some form of legislation to address certain aspects of distracted driving, particularly texting and driving, state legislatures continue to "tweak" some provisions of their laws.

Texas is no different. According to a recent report, when it convenes for a special session, the state legislature will consider a proposed change in the law regarding distracted driving. As the recent report notes, there is already a law in place that will see a statewide ban on texting while driving go into effect this year on September 1. But, many cities throughout the state have their own regulations in place. Thus, as Governor Abbott has stated, there is a need to address these many different provisions.

The fact that distracted driving is causing an increase in the number of car accidents throughout the country is almost beyond the point of disputing. For decades, car accident statistics nationwide saw a relatively steady decrease in the number of injuries and fatalities caused in car accidents. Not anymore. Recent statistics for the last few years have shown that these numbers are beginning to increase again. This coincides with the proliferation of the use of smartphones. Coincidence? Not likely.

As our readers travel the roads in Texas, they have probably been frustrated at times when they see another driver using a cell phone while driving. It is becoming so common that the need to regulate this illegal and dangerous activity is absolutely necessary.

Source: chron.com, "Texas lawmakers to take up distracted driving, again," Dug Begley, July 10, 2017

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