A new law signed by Gov. Greg Abbott earlier this summer goes into effect next week, banning texting and driving in every county in Texas. “By enacting this public safety legislation, the governor is saving lives by deterring this dangerous and deadly behavior,” said State Representative Tom Craddick, who authored the bill. “For a long time, Texas has needed this law to prevent the loss of life in unnecessary and preventable crashes and we finally have it.” Read the full story here.
This dangerous practice is part of a larger issue of ‘distracted driving’ that is one of the nation’s most deadly driving issues. Distracted driving killed more than 3,000 people in 2015, according to the National Highway Transportation Safety Administration. The NHTSA leads the national effort to save lives by preventing this dangerous behavior. Get more info about how to prevent distracted driving accidents and stay safe on America’s roads on the NHTSA website.