Third time no charm for statewide texting and driving ban

AUSTIN (KXAN) — One of the many bills caught in the deadline-filled week at the Texas Capitol was a statewide ban on texting and driving. The author of HB 80, Rep. Tom Craddick, R – Midland, said he was one vote short in the Texas Senate. The House overwhelmingly passed the idea weeks ago. The idea was not voted on before Wednesday’s midnight deadline in the Senate.

Craddick released the following statement on the bill:

With legislative deadlines looming, the Senate did not allow House Bill 80 to be brought up for consideration and debate. I am sad to report that the third time was not a charm and House Bill 80 will not become law. It is always disappointing when good legislation does not get enacted, but it is especially tough to tell the families that have lost loved ones because of a texting while driving crash or to look in the eye of a victim who is permanently confined to a wheelchair because of a distracted driving crash that the statewide ban on texting while driving will not become law and will not help prevent future injuries or loss of life. By not enacting HB80, we have not done our job as lawmakers to protect the life and safety of all Texans.”

This is the third time Craddick has tried to pass the bill. The first time, it was vetoed by then Gov. Rick Perry. The second time, it died in a Senate committee.

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