Governor Perry Vetoes Texting While Driving Ban

By Dallas and Collin Count Criminal Defense Lawyer Jeremy Rosenthal

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The Texas legislature recently passed House Bill 242 which made texting while driving illegal in Texas.  It would have made violations a Class C misdemeanor, which is the lowest offense level – equivalent to speeding.

On June 17, 2011, Governor Perry vetoed the bill saying the bill was “a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults.”  He did state texting while driving was “reckless and irresponsible.”

Study after study has shown texting while driving to be as or more dangerous than drunk driving.

*Jeremy Rosenthal is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization and licensed by the Supreme Court of Texas. Nothing in this article is intended to be legal advice.  For legal advice about any specific situation you should contact an attorney directly.


2 Responses to Governor Perry Vetoes Texting While Driving Ban

  1. Kensley says:

    Just after this I updated my Twitter feed. Hey thanks Gov. Perry, I’m texting while driv… *CRASH*

  2. Chandee says:

    Utah recently joined the ranks among states with “distracted driving” laws. Visit Intermountain Legal’s website for information regarding texting laws in the state of Utah. And please feel free to link to our blog as well.

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