Effort To Ban Texting While Driving Continues

A joint session of the House and Senate gather in the House Chambers for Texas Gov. Greg Abbott delivering his State of the State address, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2017, at the Texas Capitol in Austin, Texas. (AP Photo/Stephen Spillman)

By Don Morgan

After nearly 10 years of trying, a statewide ban on texting while driving is headed to Gov. Greg Abbott’s desk.

The House first approved a ban in March. The Senate version pre-empted local texting bans while allowing for using satellite navigation systems.

House lawmakers then voted Sunday night to accept those changes. Abbott hasn’t said if he’ll sign the bill, though it’ll become law automatically unless he vetoes it.

Forty-six states already have laws against texting while driving. Texas passed one in 2011, but then-Gov. Rick Perry voted it.

The latest attempt got momentum after a March church bus crash killed 13 people. The driver of the pickup truck that hit the bus said he was checking for a text when the crash occurred.

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