Survey shows many Texas drivers support mobile ban

Thursday, December 2, 2010 - 1:25pm

TYLER - Maelen Bynum is constantly reminding her kids not to text while driving.

"It can wait. We all lived without phones and everything in the cars many years ago and we did just fine. it was nice in a way to have a quiet zone sometimes in the car," Bynum said.

A survey by the Texas Transportation Institute reveals more than a third of drivers in Texas think roads are less safe these days. Maelyn Bynum doesn't think a complete ban is a good idea, but 52% of drivers would support legislation banning using phones while driving altogether.

"There are times when maneuvering cars around and other people get in your way, and you can tell they're on the phone that you go - 'you know, maybe a hands free cell-phone would be a lot better,'" Bynum said.

A ban is already in place in school zones.

"Now if it's during the day, or school's not in session, it's a holiday, during the summer, then that would not apply. It's only if the lights are flashing, it's an active school zone, then you're not allowed to use your cell phone at all unless your in hands free," said Don Martin with Tyler P.D.

Tyler P.D. has written over a thousand tickets so far this year for using hand-held phones in active school zones.

The 2011 Texas Legislative session will convene in January.

Several bills have already been filed regarding cell phone use while driving.

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