AUSTIN, Texas —
Other amendments prevailed. One would get drivers off the hook if they're pulled over for looking at their phone but "reasonably believed" that an incoming text message concerned an emergency — regardless if there was one or not.
A 2009 federal study showed texting takes a driver's eyes off the wheel for an average 4.6 seconds, enough time to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles an hour.
In absence of a state law, some Texas cities already ban texting while driving. Those include Austin, El Paso and San Antonio.