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Texas lawmakers hoping for statewide ban on texting while driving

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Texas Senator Judith Zaffirini and Representative Tom Craddick have both filed bills in their respective chambers for a statewide ban on texting while driving.

Next week, they're joining forces and pushing the "Alex Brown Memorial Act" -- named in honor of a Texas girl killed while texting behind the wheel.

FOX 7 went to Austin High to see if others feel a ban is a good idea.

Mia Tannous thinks so.

"Absolutely, I've seen many people driving while they're texting and they're very distracted. And they're swerving. And so I think definitely they should be putting a ban on it," Tannous said.

We ran into Rick Greiner and his son Garrett.

Garrett had mowed so many lawns in his younger years, he was able to buy his truck when he was just 15.

So he's been ready to drive for a while.

Both Garrett and his Dad are in agreement...no texting on the road.

"It's not important to what could happen like rolling your truck or anything else like that, it's just...it's crazy that people think it's that important in that kind of moment," Garrett said.

"Been up and down Mopac here in Austin dozens of times and seen people swerving and just not paying attention while their heads are down, texting. I pass by them, I've got a big truck, I'm looking right down at them. I personally think that it's probably even worse than a drunk driver. At least a drunk is trying to drive...they're...texting," Rick said.

But all of us have slipped at one time or another.

"Almost close to like rear ending somebody probably," Garrett said.

"I've done it a few times and realized, you know this is stupid. You know, you look down and 'Oh I'm halfway on the shoulder!'" Rick said.

Some FOX 7 viewers on Facebook however are not sold on the idea of a ban.

Jeff writes "More government? No thank you!"

Sean writes "Only if they also outlaw fiddling with a stereo, GPS, fast food and makeup."

But Garrett and his Dad tell us they would support the ban if passed.

And Rick is glad his kids are making the right choices even if it takes them a while to text back.

"I've got aggravated a few times, it took them so long to respond but they said 'Well I was driving Dad!' Hey, ok...no problem!"

This statewide ban proposal is not to be confused with city-wide bans. For instance, here in Austin, if you're caught texting, it's a Class C Misdemeanor.

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