Recently, several bills in Texas that would have cracked down on bad behaviors by drivers have failed to become law.
Last week, Texas governor Rick Perry vetoed legislation that would have banned texting while driving. The bill would have punished anyone found to be texting while driving with a fine of up to $200 and up to 30 days in jail. If their actions resulted in injuries to another person, the driver could have faced 180 days in jail and a $2,000 fine. Governor Perry failed to sign the bill because he believed it represented an effort on the part of government to micromanage the behavior of adults.
Another series of bills that failed to become law were aimed at preventing drinking and driving. A Texas representative sponsored a bill that would have suspended the driver’s license of anyone convicted of a fifth DWI offense. She plans to try again during the 2013 legislative year. Another bill that didn’t pass was tougher on drunk drivers – it would have revoked the drivers’ licenses of anyone convicted of a second drunk driving conviction.
However, one bill that may become law that deals with DWIs is the Abdallah Khader Act, which would increase the penalties for some drunk drivers. In some DWI cases in which the victim is left in a vegetative state, the maximum penalty would be 20 years in prison instead of 10. In misdemeanor DWI cases where the driver has a blood alcohol content of 0.15 or higher, the maximum penalty would be a year in jail instead of six months. The bill was named after a two year old who was left in a vegetative state after a repeat drunk driver hit his family’s car.
Accidents caused by texting and driving, or drinking while driving, are especially tragic because they could so easily be prevented. If you have been injured in an accident caused by the bad behavior of another driver, contact Kris Barber at the Barber Law Firm. Call him today at 817-527-8833.