Perry's cloudy vision

Posted Friday, Apr. 19, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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The Legislature is considering a ban on texting while driving, a measure that Gov. Rick Perry saw fit to veto two years ago.

It's time for Texas to join the "big boy" states and become the 40th to ban this lethal behavior.

The governor's solution, per his past veto, is that training and education are the only tools needed.

Were that the case, then we would not need laws governing speeds, stoplights, signs, school zones or drinking while driving.

We would all be educated and drive in a prudent manner.

What nonsense.

The only effective deterrent is when the pain outweighs the gain. Read that as fines and incarceration for repeat offenders.

We should be ashamed and outraged with our governor, who said in 2011 that he believes a law banning texting while driving is a government infringement on individual rights.

Gov. Perry, put on your big-boy pants, get your libertarian head out of the clouds and do something to help save lives.

-- William S. Taylor, Colleyville

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