New bills related to cell phone use will driving

POSTED: Monday, November 22, 2010 - 3:02pm
UPDATED: Friday, April 13, 2012 - 8:53am

Texting while driving has become a cause of destruction on the roadways. More than 16.000 people died in car accidents related to texting while driving from 2001-2007.

The number of deaths on roadways, due to cell phone use have increased nearly 28 percent in the past few years.

Sgt. Roseborough of the Waco Police Department says, "It takes your attention off the road. Things can happen in a split second on the roadway to cause an accident. Someone can get hurt. Someone can get killed."

Not only does this effect the person who is texting, it effects the safe driver as well who is trying to pay attention to the road rather that other things.

Ms. Bost, a local Waco resident says, "It aggravates me. It scares me. It makes me have to pay attention to them and not what's in front of me."

Lawmakers have proposed three bills to minimize the number of cell phone related accidents. These bills suggest that reading, writing, or sending text-based communication while operating a motor vehicle be banned, unless the vehicle is stopped.

West police say their main concern is how they would enforce this law, when cell phones can be so difficult to detect.

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