Bill to ban texting and driving passed by Senate

Bill to ban texting and driving passed by Senate

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A bill that would create a statewide texting while driving ban was cleared by the Senate on Friday.

Midland Rep. Tom Craddick authored the bill and said he will concur with the changes the Senate made.

The Brown family from Wellman has been a vital supporter of this statewide ban against texting while driving since they lost their daughter, Alex, to a tragic car accident in 2009.

"This is a landmark moment for public safety in Texas. For myself and many this is a good day because this statewide ban on texting while driving will save the lives of Texans," Craddick said. "For others, the day is bittersweet; it is a reminder that this legislation comes too late and came with a cost. I think of the Texans who lost their lives to these preventable crashes and unnecessary tragedies; I dedicate this bill to their memory."

This is the fourth session in a row Craddick has attempted to pass the ban.

"This bipartisan bill would not have been possible without the dedication and hard work of Senator Judith Zaffirini and Chair Joan Huffman, with the support of Chair Jane Nelson, Chair Robert Nichols, and the other members of the Senate, " Craddick said. "To all of the associations, companies, groups, and the families of victims who advocated for this legislation, I offer my sincere appreciation."

The legislation will now depend on Gov. Greg Abbott. If fully passed, the ban would take effect on September 1.

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