College Station, TX considering texting ban

Texas does not have a statewide ban on texting while driving yet.  It doesn’t stop some cities from considering a measure to make their local roads safer.

The College Station City Council has been exploring the possibility of coming up with a ban on texting while driving

For Police Chief Jeff Capps, it’s the right thing to do these days.

“I think everybody’s well aware of the dangers involved with that you know with recent reports as we’ve seen the last couple of weeks the dangers that can be involved in that so we provided just a basic overview of what the problems are and some different options out there,” said Chief Capps.

The few drivers interviewed by local station KBTX were all in favor of a texting while driving ban.

“I’m completely in favor of it, I’ve seen a few people that have had near crashes or crashes because of texting, it’s just another distraction in the vehicle,” said Jared Brown, a Texas A&M Student.

Evelyn Cooper of Navasota agreed.

“It’s a no brainer, people should not be distracted when they are driving anymore than drinking and driving should be ok,” said Cooper.

For Texas A&M Student Kirstin Noble, her personal experience showed her the importance of driving without being distracted.

“I think it would be hard to be enforced to get everybody but I think it’s a good idea,” said Noble.  “I know people that have been in bad car accidents because of it and can’t walk or talk or anything. It was actually a girl in my class it was her husband, she had to reteach him to read and talk and write”

While Police Chief Jeff Capps informed the City Council of the arguments in favor of a texting while driving ban, no action were taken at the time.  The city council plans to wait and see if the Texas legislature passes a new statewide texting ban in 2011.

Source: KBTX, September 23, 2010

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