Texas Cities Seek Penalties for Driving with Handheld Devices

Amarillo and El Paso, Texas are two cities which have already banned the use of handheld wireless devices while driving, something which other Texas cities are looking to do. In order to achieve this, Texas Rep. Tom Craddick recently introduced House Bill 63 on Wednesday, April 16.

Many places in Texas, like Canyon and Pampa, only mete out penalties to motorists who drive and text at the same time. According to the Texas Department of Transportation, there were 90,378 crashes in Texas that involved distracted driving in 2012. Many believe it is due to the lack of restrictions on using handheld devices in vehicles.

Lubbock Representatives John Frullo and Charles Perry, Texas Panhandle Rep. Ken King, and more than 20 other House members co-authored the bill, looking to decrease that number. Of all the delegates, only Texas Panhandle/South Plains delegate Rep. Drew Springer of Muenster expressed his dissent for the measure, noting that there are already laws in place that can punish drivers who engage in reckless driving.

Unfortunately, many people become the victims of distracted driving accidents. This is a fate that no one deserves and, as such, is something for which our legal team at the Law Offices of Vic Feazell, P.C., believes they should be compensated. Call (512) 710-0931 to discuss how we can help you today.

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