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June 30, 2014

Texans still texting & driving - It's 1 of just 5 states that doesn't ban the practice

@gdickson

Texas is among just five states that still don't have a statewide ban on texting and driving. But many people are rallying to try to change that situation. Groups such as Stopdistractions.org haven't given up on changing the law in Texas, even though they know they're in for a fight. Gov. Rick Perry in 2011 vetoed a bill that would have created a statewide texting ban, and of the two leading candidates to replace Perry, Republican Greg Abbott opposes a statewide ban while Democrat Wendy Davis supports one.

 

Later this week I'll have a story that explores the texting and driving issue. The story even includes the result of an informal experiment, in which I went to a handful of Tarrant County intersections and as best as I could counted the number of drivers texting or talking while behind the wheel. So keep an eye out for the story, which is scheduled to run sometime this week ... possibly as late as Saturday ... in America's favorite newspaper, the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.

In the mean time, for those who'd like a sneak peak at the story, I posted the above video.

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