Distracted driving is an epidemic that causes thousands of accidents in Texas every year. The problem only seems to be getting worse.
Shockingly, Texas is one of four states that has no ban on texting while driving (although certain cities in Texas have banned it). But there may be light at the end of the tunnel. The Texas House passed a bill to banning texting while driving. The bill now moves to the Senate.
House bill 62 makes texting while driving a misdemeanor crime, assigning a $25 to $99 fine for offenders – and more for repeat offenders.
A texting-while-driving ban would be a positive step forward for Texas. Although the problem will never be completely eliminated (some people will always choose to engage in distracted driving), this is a step in the right direction.
Ultimately, it is up to individual drivers to stop texting while driving and engaging in other forms of distracted driving.
The #TxtFreeTX Scholarship Program
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. During the month of April, the law firm of Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner is hosting a Text Free Texas Scholarship Contest (#TxtFreeTX) to promote safe driving among teens. Teenage students from four local high schools are invited to participate, writing a 250-word or less pledge on why they commit not to text while driving. One winner from each school will receive a $250 scholarship.
Get more information about the scholarship program.
Free consultation: If you have been injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver, learn about your legal options in a free consultation. Call 800-594-4884.