Impact of texting ban in Texas

It’s been more than a year since Texas passed a ban on texting and driving.

Instead of a decrease in numbers, official said they’ve actually gone up despite the important law.

“It’s probably one of the most dangerous things you can do because it does use up all your skills for driving. In fact we say if you’re going 55 miles per hour and texting even a short message like ‘I’ll be there soon,’ or ‘where are you’ or something like that. That’s like driving the entire length of a football field blindfolded,” said Marcus Sandifer, Texas Department of Transportation.

The Texas Department of Transportation said in 2017 there were 1,162 cases of distracted driving with four fatalities in the east Texas district. 2018 saw an increase of 1,197 distracted driving cases with eleven fatalities. Five of those occurred during the same crash.

“Most people just don’t think it will happen to them,” Sandifer said.