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Texting while driving ban makes roads safer

Samuel Teas, Co-Editor-In-Chief

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As of Sept. 1, 2017, the state of Texas will no longer allow drivers to use their phones while operating a motor vehicle in an effort to reduce car accidents and save lives. Since distracted driving is responsible for a large number of deaths on the road, the law is just and should continue to be enforced.

According to the Texas Department of Transportation, one in five car crashes involve distracted driving.The dangerous practice is an especially large problem for teenagers, as the number one cause of death for the age group. With the advent of HB 62, police officers will now be able to pull over a car whose driver was on his or her phone, and fine the driver between $25 and $99.

The law, however, does not restrict drivers from texting at a stoplight, since the vehicle is not moving at that time (although this practice is discouraged). If drivers must use their phone, they can pull over or wait until they reach their destination.

Opponents of the bill cited a loss of personal freedom in a texting and driving ban. But when drivers are distracted, they put every other person on the road as well as their own passengers at risk. In this case, public safety trumps personal freedom.

A life is always more important than a text message or call. The statewide ban on distracted driving should be obeyed and permanent.

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Texting while driving ban makes roads safer