In 2012, there were more than 90,000 traffic accidents in Texas involving distracted driving.
It’s a safe bet that many of those accidents were caused or enabled by a person who was texting while driving.
Yet there is still an effort by a few stubborn legislators, including state Sen. Konni Burton, R-Colleyville, to prevent Texas from passing a statewide texting-while-driving ban.
Burton recently said on WFAA/Channel 8’s Inside Texas Politics that the city of Hurst, which recently passed its own prohibition on the activity, is overreaching.
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Burton believes that laws against distracted driving already on the books are more than sufficient to address the problem of drivers who take their eyes from the road to their smartphones while operating a vehicle.
While we appreciate the senator’s concern for passing ancillary and redundant laws, this isn’t a situation where her penchant for limited government should apply.
Statistics show that texting-while-driving bans, when properly executed and implemented, can and have reduced accidents and saved lives.
That should be all the motivation Burton needs to support such a bill.
We hope she changes her mind and her vote by the time the Legislature re-engages on this issue.