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Victim’s families lobby for statewide texting while driving ban

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Families of victims of texting while driving accident pleaded with lawmakers, Tuesday, for a statewide ban on texting while driving. Last session, Governor Perry vetoed a measure that would've made it illegal to text and drive.

There was bi-partisan support last session for a ban, and now there's even more as new bills were recently drafted in the house and senate.

Thirteen families showed up to the capitol asking Texas lawmakers to follow 39 other states that already ban texting and driving. The bill is authored by representative Tom Craddick (R-Midland) and Senator Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo).

Jeanne Brown of Wellman, Texas, near Lubbock, held a picture of her 17-year old daughter up before the crowd, telling them her daughter was texting four friends on her way to school three years ago, when she crashed her truck and died.

"People are just becoming more aware that it's deadly. It's not just dangerous. It's not just a fender bender, but it's actually killing people. I mean you're not going home and they're starting to get it," said Brown.

The big question on everyone's mind is even if the bills pass, will the governor exercise his right to veto again.

Rep. Patricia Harless (R-Spring) thinks the governor may have had a change of heart over the past two years.

"There have been conversations with the governor's office. I think he wants to protect our kids just as much as we do," said Harless.

We did contact the governor's office to see if he's changed his position. His Press Secretary released the following statement:

"Gov. Perry continues to believe that texting while driving is reckless and irresponsible, and as he noted last session, current law already prohibits drivers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving. The key to dissuading drivers from texting while driving is information and education, not government micromanagement. The 83rd Texas Legislature will be looking at a number of bills this session, and Gov. Perry will thoroughly review any that make it through the process and on to his desk."

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