Texting and Driving Rules

"Texting is just not the way to go."

Talking or texting on the phone while driving…we're all guilty of it some way or another. According to a recent study by Texas A & M Transportation Institute, three out of four Texans talk on their phones while driving and nearly half read or text while driving. The state of Texas is just one of a handful of states without a statewide texting ban. So what are the laws here in Laredo? Officer, Joe Baeza explains.

"The city has an ordinance that states people operating a vehicle they can not be sending or reading text."

The way the current city ordinance is written you can talk on your cell phone while driving, but texting while driving is not allowed. Law enforcement says the best thing to do is to pull over when using your cell phone. This was you prevent getting into an accident.

Preventing accidents is why this law is in place. 16-year-old Carolina Salinas has been driving for less then a year and says she tries to keep all her attention on the road.

"I hope not to do it. I try to stay away from it and put my phone on the side. Even without my phone I still feel I need to give all my attention. Sometimes I won't even listen to the radio."

With smart phones you have the world at your fingertips. You can surf the web, post a pic to instagram, or even update your facebook, but for driver, Catherine Avaritt the only thing she uses her phone for is to make phone calls.

"Look this is my phone. There is no surfing the web on this. It's my rebellion against technology."

“People need to revert their attention to operating their vehicle. A split second can be the difference between you surviving and avoiding an accident.”, says Joe Baeza.


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