Perry’s veto plan

Posted Wednesday, May. 15, 2013  comments  Print Reprints

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Distracted driving — of which texting and driving is a large component — accounts for roughly 90,000 accidents and 450 deaths in Texas alone each year. Yet, despite impressive cooperation and common sense on the part of our Texas legislators, Gov. Rick Perry is again prepared to veto a ban on texting and driving.

Regardless of whether one believes that anti-texting laws actually reduce texting-related accidents (Insurance Institute of Highway Safety data is inconclusive), it is clear that our governor’s reasoning on the matter is flawed.

Rather than opposing such measures because they are ineffective, he has taken an ideological opposition, characterizing the laws as “micromanaging the behavior of adults” and chalking the matter up to something people should manage on their own.

That’s the case with nearly every law on the books.

Reasonable people don’t need to be told not to murder each other, yet we have laws to both deter and punish the minority among us who do not respond to reason. Ditto for burglary, rape, DWI, etc.

Our state justifiably outlaws speeding and drunk driving, yet Perry has somehow fabricated a pseudo-distinction between those behaviors and texting despite strong evidence that texting is at least as dangerous.

— Zack Robinson,

Fort Worth

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