It is the public safety issue du jour, one that is sweeping the nation faster than the thumbs of a texting 20-something.Many cities and almost two dozen states have outlawed texting while driving, and now one of Bexar County’s smaller municipalities has followed suit.
Universal City has banned texting while driving in its 6.2-square-mile jurisdiction and will begin enforcing the new ordinance Oct. 4, just a few days before the San Antonio City Council is poised to adopt a similar measure.
Some 5,500 traffic deaths nationwide last year were blamed on distracted driving, which includes texting, U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood told a Washington conference on distracted driving Tuesday. Cities across the country have been scrambling for ways to curb the practice.
[excerpt from San Antonio Express News article by Peter J. Holley and Josh Baugh]