WALLER COUNTY, TX – Texting while driving may seem okay at the time. After all, the fate of humanity depends on you reading and sending that next text, right?
But, that next text could be your last.
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month. This is the second year for the program by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, which says 25 percent of teens admit to texting at least once while driving, and that distracted driving accounts for ten percent of fatal crashes involving people under 20.
Waller County’s district attorney wants to cancel texting while driving, and is using the Safe Streets Task Force to do it.
Officers from the Waller County sheriff’s department, along with Waller police, Fort Bend County Constable Precinct 4 and Harris County Constable Precinct 1 will have both marked and unmarked vehicles watching for distracted drivers.
Warren Diepraam is Waller County’s first assistant district attorney. “We have documents we’re going to be giving to the public and let them know you were stopped because we saw you almost cause a crash. We believe that that happened because you were texting and you were distracted, and give them a warning.”
This will be the first time in Texas that officers will stop texting drivers outside active school zones, where texting is illegal.
So far, distracted driving is not against the law in Texas. “If they’re merely stopping people and giving them a piece of advice, maybe they shouldn’t text and drive, that’s probably not illegal,” said attorney Scott Markowitz.
Distracted driving is dangerous not only to the driver, but to passengers, and the rest of us on the road.