Gov Rick Perry vetoes texting while driving ban, 22 other bills

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Remember how Rachel debunked the "Texas Miracle" bullshit? Well, seems old Rick boy can't help but be a petty little prick even when he does get around to doing his job.

Gov. Rick Perry vetoed more than 20 bills late Friday afternoon including a bill that would have banned texting while driving in Texas.

"I support measures that make our roads safer for everyone, but House Bill 242 is a government effort to micromanage the behavior of adults," Perry wrote in his explanation of one of his vetoes.

Perry said in his veto statement that the key to stopping people from texting while driving is "information and education."

Perry vetoed nearly two dozen bills Friday, in addition to an earlier veto of an online sales tax bill.

Yeah huh Rick, god forbid we take away the rights of adults (see #4 in list) to kill themselves with large speeding metal instruments.

* 20 percent of injury crashes in 2009 involved reports of distracted driving. (NHTSA).

* Of those killed in distracted-driving-related crashed, 995 involved reports of a cell phone as a distraction (18% of fatalities in distraction-related crashes). (NHTSA)

* In 2009, 5,474 people were killed in U.S. roadways and an estimated additional 448,000 were injured in motor vehicle crashes that were reported to have involved distracted driving. (FARS and GES)

* The age group with the greatest proportion of distracted drivers was the under-20 age group – 16 percent of all drivers younger than 20 involved in fatal crashes were reported to have been distracted while driving. (NHTSA)

* Drivers who use hand-held devices are four times as likely to get into crashes serious enough to injure themselves. (Source: Insurance Institute for Highway Safety)

* Using a cell phone use while driving, whether it’s hand-held or hands-free, delays a driver's reactions as much as having a blood alcohol concentration at the legal limit of .08 percent. (Source: University of Utah)

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  • http://thepoliticalcarnival.net/ GottaLaff

    Ooo... the "commie" line.

    Define the word, Gurnis. Go ahead.

  • Gurnis39

    Perhaps the most communist comment I have ever read! I bet you'd love China!

  • http://twitter.com/OTTERapp OTTER

    I
    think legislation has value in raising public awareness in forums like
    this one but it will be difficult to solely legislate our way out of
    this issue. I just read that 72% of teens text daily - many text more
    4000 times a month.  New college students no longer have email
    addresses!  They use texting and Facebook - even with their
    professors.   This text and drive issue is in its infancy and its not
    going away.

    I
    decided to do something about distracted driving after my three year
    old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me by a texting
    driver. Instead of a shackle that locks down phones and alienates the
    user (especially teens) I built a tool called OTTER that is a simple GPS
    based, texting auto reply app for smartphones. It also silences call
    ringtones while driving unless you have a bluetooth enabled.  I think if
    we can empower the individual then change will come to our highways now
    and not just our laws. 

    Erik Wood, owner
    OTTER LLC
    OTTER app

  • HarborGuy

    "Perry said in his veto statement that the key to stopping people from texting while driving is “information and EDUCATION.”

    Education? In Texas? Really?

    ...all I have to do is see that they want to promote dinosauers standing next to Jebus and I would be hard pressed to find any serious "education" going on inrTex-ass.

  • HarborGuy

    "Perry said in his veto statement that the key to stopping people from texting while driving is “information and EDUCATION.”

    Education? In Texas? Really?

    ...all I have to do is see that they want to promote dinosauers standing next to Jebus and I would be hard pressed to find any serious "education" going on inrTex-ass.

  • http://twitter.com/whatsamatta_u Paul W

    That's odd, I always thought Rick Perry was against excess textation ;D

  • Sally

    And this guy wants to be President? Next he'll abolish the drinking age, because children have common sense and won't do anything foolish like start drinking at 10. And then it will be the seat belt laws, because the government can't tell anyone not to become a missile and kill an innocent person in a crash, let alone themselves. And how about motorcycle helmet laws? Bad, bad, bad government trying to protect the rest of us from having to pay your medical bills for the rest of your life when you crash and get a closed head injury.
    This idea that government has no right to protect people from other people's stupidity is wrong. Wake up, America. This is not small government; this is NO government, and we will all pay for it.

  • http://pulse.yahoo.com/_4X5XIMECXSLI6PS7JAWXXAAY64 Joe

    Dead Texans; it's a start.