Texas not likely to follow feds’ call to ban cellphone use while driving
By SUSAN CARROLL, HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Updated 05:35 a.m., Wednesday, December 14, 2011
A federal safety board recommended Tuesday that states ban the use of cellphones and text messages by drivers except in emergencies – advice that Texas lawmakers and Gov. Rick Perry appear likely to reject.
The National Transportation Safety Board called for a nationwide ban on texting, emailing and talking on cellphones, even recommending a moratorium on hands-free devices. The board’s sweeping recommendations are not binding by law, though it holds significant weight with regulators and federal and state lawmakers.
“There’s just no will in Texas to do that,” Elkins said. “I just don’t see it happening.”
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