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Proposed Texting While Driving Ban Stalling in Texas Senate

On Wednesday a proposed texting while driving ban continued making its way through the Texas Legislature.
AUSTIN --  On Wednesday a proposed texting while driving ban continued making its way through the Texas Legislature.

Last week the House version of the bill passed on its third reading.  Midland Representative Tom Craddick defended the Alex Brown Memorial Act -- named after a Wellman teen who died in a Texting While Driving crash -- against several attempts to weaken it.

The House version of the bill would make it a misdemeanor to text and drive in the State of Texas.  Supporters say it's a critical public safety bill while opponents counter it's incredibly difficult to enforce, and may not make a real difference.

On Wednesday the Senate version of the bill was presented before the Senate Transportation Committee.  State Senator Judith Zafferini is sponsoring this legislation, and is working to get it to the full Texas Senate.

At this time the bill doesn't have the votes to get out of committee.  A vote has been scheduled in the future.

TxDOT says the texting while driving is a major problem in the Lone Star State.  In 2012 alone more than 450 people died in texting while driving related crashes statewide.
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