Advertisement
Finally: Texas is set to ban texting while driving Intel Free Press/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons
Intel Free Press/Flickr/Wikimedia Commons

Effective Sept. 1, drivers in Texas will no longer be able to text legally.

RELATED: Relive the frustrating difficulties of non-smartphone texting with this insanely accurate “MADtv” sketch

Gov. Greg Abbott signed a bill into law yesterday, HB 62, approving the state’s first ban on handheld communications by motorists.

This is after more than a decade of Texas lawmakers trying to push the bill forward, notably State Rep. Tom Craddick (R-Midland) and State Sen. Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).

RELATED: Video shows the final moments before a 20-year-old texting driver killed 13 elderly churchgoers

Previous attempts to pass a texting ban either failed to get out of the legislature or were victim to the governor’s veto pen.

The new law will hopefully make fatal texting-related crashes like the one outside San Antonio in April, in which 13 people were killed, less likely to occur.

Anna Caplan contributes to Rare Houston and Rare Animals. 
View More Articles

Stories You Might Like