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TX lawmaker launches assault on texting & driving

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Texans who text and drive may find themselves in trouble with the law if a state lawmaker has his way.

Midland Republican Tom Craddick has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session that would outlaw texting and driving.  A similar measure was vetoed by Governor Perry in the last session.

Now, 39 states and more than two dozen Texas cities have such bans.

Katie Mathews was left a quadriplegic after a distracted driver accident six years ago. She says people don't realize the danger.

"Although the average text message may not seem like it's taking a long time, it's been estimated to be about 4.6 seconds," Mathews says.  "Although that may not seem like a long time, it's enough to travel the length of a football field at 55 miles per hour."

Last year, more than 400 people were killed in distracted-driver accidents on Texas roads.

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