Texas not likely to follow feds’ call to ban cellphone use while driving – Houston Chronicle

Texas not likely to follow feds’ call to ban cellphone use while driving – Houston Chronicle.

Texas not likely to follow feds’ call to ban cellphone use while driving

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.

State Rep. Gary Elkins, R-Houston, said any attempt to get a bill with a broad cellphone ban through the Legislature is a long shot, regardless of the NTSB’s recommendation.

“There’s just no will in Texas to do that,” Elkins said. “I just don’t see it happening.”

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Read the full story here: The Houston Chronicle

Check also The New York Times on this subject and my personal interest “Accident Right in Front of Our Driveway” & “Accident Right in Front of Our Driveway: Addendum“.

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One response to “Texas not likely to follow feds’ call to ban cellphone use while driving – Houston Chronicle

  1. Pit

    I’m especially interested in this subject as
    (1) there was an accident righzt in front of our property caused by a driver using his cell phone [see link above]
    (2) a friend of mine was, while bicycling on the shoulder of Highway 181 here, nearly run over by a driver texting
    (3) I am an avid bicyclist myself and am always in fear of being run over by inattentive drivers
    (4) I never ever use a cell phone while driving
    But to my mind, even if there should be a law making using a cell phone while driving an offense, I know that a law like that can never be enforced properly. Thus, for the time being, it has to be voluntary. But there should be a concerted effort by the car and cell phone industries to make it technically impossible for the driver of a car to use their cell phones while driving. That, to my mind, is the only working solution.
    What I think is really strange in that context: in polls, the majority of people admit that they consider the use of cell phones while driving dangerous, but when asked if they’d do it themselves, again a majority admits to that. My only conclusion: some people are truly schizophrenic!

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