TX Texting and driving ban bill headed to Senate

TX Texting and driving ban bill headed to Senate

AUSTIN, TX (KAUZ) - Texting and driving could become illegal across the entire state of Texas if a bill makes its way through the legislature.

House Bill 62 has made its way through the House and is now on its way to the Senate Committee.

Texas is one of four states that does not have a statewide ban on texting and driving.

Attention to that fact has grown following a deadly crash in west Texas where a truck driver, who is believed to have been texting and driving, hit a church bus killing 13 senior citizens.

Lawmakers said they are optimistic about this bill's future although pushes to ban texting and driving have failed over the last decade.

Texoma area Senator Craig Estes, who was previously against such measures, is now saying he will vote for it.

Around three dozen cities in Texas already have texting and driving plans in place including Wichita Falls.

Cities would be allowed to make those ordinances more strict than the proposed state law under the current version of the bill.

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