Ban on texting-while-driving passes Texas Senate

FILE - Person using a cellphone while driving (KXAN FILE Photo)
FILE - Person using a cellphone while driving (KXAN FILE Photo)

AUSTIN (KXAN) — A ban on texting-while-driving in Texas has passed the Senate in a 23-8 vote.

House Bill 62 may soon be headed for the governor’s desk. Senators added amendments to the bill, so it needs one more vote in the House before going to the governor.

In March, the Texas House cleared the bill in an 111-62 vote.

This is the fourth time lawmakers have attempted to pass this type of legislation in Texas. The bill’s author, State Rep. Tom Craddick, R-Midland, had said he is confident that this year it will pass both legislative chambers.

“The lieutenant governor has told me he supports it, so I think that we’ve got a pretty good chance,” Craddick said in March.

Currently, Texas is one of four states in the country without a statewide ban on texting and driving.

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