Texas Cities Differ on Texting-While-Driving Bans

Barbara Graff, an Odessa city councilwoman, knows the dangers of distracted driving. But that does not mean she wants to pass a law against it.

“I won’t even answer my phone anymore while I’m driving,” Graff said. But last October she voiced opposition to a ban on texting while driving in Odessa, saying the measure was not enforceable.

Although Odessa did not adopt the law, bans on cellphone use while driving are on the rise in cities across Texas, which is one of just 11 states without a statewide law. Austin and San Antonio are among 28 cities that ...

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