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April 17, 2013

Texting while driving ban advances in Texas House

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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.

 

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