Houston city council's Public Safety Committee gets it's first look at Mayor Annise Parker's proposed texting while driving ban.
Council member Helena Brown already says she'll vote against it, adding more public information about the dangers is what's needed, not laws.
“Generally speaking I'm not for the micro-management of our citizens,” Brown tells KTRH News. “I think we can do better about educating people and allowing people to make that individual choice.”
Even Houston's Police Officers Union sees potential problems with the ban, although president Ray Hunt says just as he supports the mayor for re-election, he'll support her ban as a possible deterrent.
“It will be extremely difficult for us to enforce,” Hunt admits. “However, to ignore that and to say we shouldn't have that, I think would be irresponsible.”
Chad Dornsife at the Best Highway Safety Practices Institute says Houston's mayor and others are simply misinformed about the actual danger, or lack thereof.
“If you look at the federal stats on distracted driving, they say there are 3,500 deaths a year,” he says. “Well, when you start digging into the numbers you'll find there are only a few hundred that included cell phone use and texting combined.”
“They're looking for crime that they can collect money from,” says Dornsife. “There's no safety nexus here, this is a revenue grab.”