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May 2013 Archives

Texas drops legislation to stop texting and driving

For now, the Texas legislature has dropped a state-wide ban on the use of hand-held devices, including cell phones, when operating a motor vehicle. Although some cities have already passed laws addressing the issue, House Bill 63 would have replaced them. However, even after it passed by a significant margin in the House, it remained stuck in the Senate and was never brought to the floor for a vote.

Young Texas woman injured in crash

On May 17 at approximately 6:30 a.m., three individuals were driving from Texas through Mississippi on their way to the Collegiate All Stars Water Ski Tournament when their car unexpectedly went off the road and rolled twice before landing on the roof. The car contained three athletes who had recently graduated from Texas A&M University.

New recommendations may mean lower BAC

If Texas implements recommendations from the National Transportation Safety Board, the blood alcohol content allowed before a drunk driving charge may decrease from .08 percent to .05 percent. This recommendation was advanced by the NTSB in the hope of reducing car accident rates due to drunk driving. The NTSB has also made recommendations to allow police officers to confiscate licenses of those who fail field sobriety tests.

Safety council urges closer look at distracted driving

The National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB) has initiated a campaign to increase awareness among teens, parents, and the general public about the dangers of distracted driving. The council would like to see Texas and other states pass legislation to ban cell phone use entirely while driving, with allowable exceptions in the case of emergencies.

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