Texas Watch

Distracted Driving

A text takes a driver’s eyes away from the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. At 55 miles per hour, a distracted driver drives the equivalent of a football field virtually blindfolded. Now put that driver on the road next to you, your friends, and your family. Feeling safe yet?

Distracted driving resulted in more than 500 deaths on Texas roadways in 2013 and caused 1800 serious injuries. Yet, Texas is one of only seven states to not protect their drivers from texting while driving.

Experience in other states and localities show that distracted driving bans induce positive change in drivers’ behavior, save lives, and even reduce insurance costs for businesses and individuals. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Texas employers are spending 4.3 billion dollars a year as a result of their employees' auto-accidents on- and off-the-job.

Lawmakers should prevent further harm to Texas citizens and adopt a statewide ban on texting while driving.