Lawmaker insists it will save lives
Try, try, and try again. A Texas lawmakers has re-introduced legislation to ban texting while driving.
State Rep. Tom Craddick tells KTRH News he's written in all the exceptions previously left out when the governor vetoed it.
"Using GPS on a hand-held device, or using voice operated technology or hands-free technology, or dialing a number on a hands-free device," says the Midland Republican.
Craddick says few can disagree texting while driving is dangerous, and just like seatbelts, drivers will eventually see the benefit.
"I think if we do this people will start doing what the law says. It may not be on day one, but they'll do it," he says.
Critics like Chad Dornsife with the Best Highway Practices Institute say by the time a ban is put in place, it won't be needed.
"The actual physical act of texting itself is almost passé because the new devices are all doing voice commands," says Dornsife.
Even Ray Hunt, president of the Houston Police Officer's Union isn't so optimistic.
"If they want to make a law to try to change people's behavior, that's great," says Hunt. "But don't expect police will be able to enforce this because it will be virtually impossible."