National Safety Council Statement on Texas Passing a Statewide Texting Ban

Texas becomes 47th state to ban texting for all drivers

Itasca, IL – The National Safety Council applauds the Texas legislature and Gov. Greg Abbott for becoming the 47th state to pass a law prohibiting texting while driving. Motor vehicle deaths in Texas rose an estimated 7 percent in 2016, with more than 3,700 people dying needlessly in crashes, according to preliminary NSC figures. A horrific fatal church bus crash in March, caused by a driver who admitted to texting, personified the data. From tragedy, we saw progress that will improve safety for all Texans on the roadways.

Strong laws are one of three key components to changing driver behavior, and coupling legislation with education and high-visibility enforcement is proven to work. Today, after years of debating bills, Texas sent a clear message to residents that it will do what it takes to save lives. The National Safety Council encourages the three remaining states without texting bans for all drivers – Arizona, Missouri and Montana – to pass legislation immediately. The Council will continue to work with Texas leaders and highway safety advocates to eliminate preventable crashes and save lives.

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Founded in 1913 and chartered by Congress, the National Safety Council, nsc.org, is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to eliminate preventable deaths at work, in homes and communities, and on the road through leadership, research, education and advocacy. NSC advances this mission by partnering with businesses, government agencies, elected officials and the public in areas where we can make the most impact – distracted driving, teen driving, workplace safety, prescription drug overdoses and Safe Communities.

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