AUSTIN, Texas - Texas Sen. Judith Zaffirini and Rep. Tom Craddick have brought the victims of texting-while-driving accidents to the Capitol to build support for a ban on the practice.
Family members recounted on Tuesday how their loved ones died in traffic accidents because someone was distracted by text messages on their mobile phones.
Craddick, a West Texas Republican, passed a ban in 2011, but Gov. Rick Perry vetoed it, calling it an infringement on personal liberty. Thirty-nine states already ban texting while driving.
Victims' families said a person who is texting while driving is twice as likely to cause an accident as someone who is drinking while driving.
Zaffirini, a Laredo Democrat, called on lawmakers to pass the measure again and for Perry to reconsider his veto.
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