SAN ANGELO, TX - Texas may soon join more than 40 states in the country in banning drivers from texting while driving.
"I see it quit often, it's very hard to go by and not see somebody on their cellphones," Stephen Winger, a San Angelo resident, said.
After four legislations sessions House Bill 62 may soon get its final approval as it heads to the desk of Governor Greg Abbott.
Some drivers say it's a concern they see often.
"It's an issue we have a problem with, I don't think people should be allowed to text and drive, it's dangerous, it's causing accidents and I'm against it," Winger said.
The proposed ban would make drivers go hands free in order to text, however they would still be able to use their phones for GPS and music apps.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, 3,477 lives were lost in 2015 due to distracted driving.
One of the authors of the bill, State Representative Tom Craddick says, while he understands how some may see the bill as a restriction of their rights, the facts behind the bill could save lives.
"It'll save over 90 lives a year in Texas by just passing this law," Craddick said. "If you could just save one for me it's worth it."
If passed the bill would go into effect Sept. 1.
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