Vicki Truitt wants to be your mom

Or, at least your nanny:

Texas State Rep. Vicki Truitt of Keller has filed HB 1158 which would double fines for drivers guilty of traffic violations while using handheld wireless devices, the Texas House of Representatives reported.

“Nationally, more and more people are seeing the danger of people taking their eyes off the road and hands off the wheel to dial or text message on a wireless device. My bill is designed to get everyone to think twice before they do that,” said Truitt in announcing the measure.

Five states (California, Connecticut, New Jersey, New York and Washington) currently completely ban the use of handheld cell phones while driving. Truitt’s bill doesn’t go that far. It simply doubles the fine for traffic violations when ticketed drivers are using a wireless devices without hands free equipment.

“Let’s face it, cell phones and PDAs can be serious distractions when driving. But so can your kids or your dog. Are we going to ban them? Many people have come to rely on being accessible by phone at all times. My bill simply encourages drivers to be extra careful when using handheld devices,” said Truitt.

And maybe that’s why she won’t have a Chairmanship this session:

And Rep. Vicki Truitt, R-Keller, who chaired the Pensions and Investments Committee, also may wind up without a chairmanship. Her committee merged with another when House members restructured committees shortly after the Legislature convened in mid-January.

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7 responses to “Vicki Truitt wants to be your mom

  • Matt

    Are you saying this is a bad thing? I do not understand the need for people to be on their phone in the car all the time. They should try and pay attention to where they are going.

  • Doug Miller

    Police should ticket bad drivers, and leave those of us that know how to mulit task alone.

  • easterwood

    Notice anything wrong with those 5 states she points to….. All very liberal, broke and want to be a nanny state

  • Thomas

    Based on the article, this bill would only affect the bad drivers that are on the phone. If you run a stop sign while talking or texting your fine would double. If you are a good multi tasker and don’t swerve all over the road and run signs and lights, no harm, no foul.

    I am a big supporter of Truitt’s bill HB 1084 to moderize wine shipping regulations.

  • Matt

    I believe that Thomas has the correct interpretation.
    An appropriate analogy is the drunk driver. If an intoxicated individual drives safely then they will not be ticketed but if pulled over for running a red light, etc. then there is a harsher penalty than the sober individual running a red light.

    The bottom line is that in general those that drive drunk, text while driving, or drive while deeply involved in phone conversation are more of a danger to others on the road than those that are not texting or on the phone.

    I think that an appropriate addition to the bill would be a 3 strikes provision that takes away a person’s cell phone.

  • easterwood

    What about if i’m eating McDonalds and cause a wreck? Does it account for that?

  • Big Bob

    Only if the hot coffee spills in your lap and then you can sue McDonald’s.

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