Ban on texting should be statewide

According to a study conducted by a Virginia Tech Transportation Institute released in 2009, peoples’ collision risks are 23 times greater when texting while driving. Talking on the phone is hazardous while driving, as is adjusting the radio station and putting on makeup, but texting – especially for the current generation – seems to be the greatest and most dangerous evil of them all.

In order to further raise awareness about the dangers and consequences associated with texting while driving, Texas needs to pursue legislation that would make it illegal. Washington implemented a ban on texting while driving in late March and was the 20th state to do so. Texas needs to now follow suit. While many natives take special pride in the wide open spaces of this state, this is where the problem lies. Driving across Texas, one can cross 10 or 20 different counties, which may or may not have ordinances related to texting while driving. In order to effectively create and put into effect a law with punishable consequences concerning texting while driving, lawmakers would need to implement a law state-wide.

Laws against texting and driving exist in school zones in Texas already. Now if the full affect of this restriction is to be fully enforced, such rules need to be consistent throughout the entire state.

Opinion editor Andrea Bolt for the editorial board.