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


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)