Monday, January 26, 2009
New Texas House bill seeks to ban eating while driving
Of course, the bill also says you can't talk with anyone else in your car, so it's probably doomed to fail.
A bill proposed by State Rep. Chente Quintanilla (D-El Paso) would make eating, shaving, or applying makeup while driving against the law in Texas.
The bill, HB 738, would create the offense of “Inattentive Driving” which would allow fines for various traffic offenses to be doubled if the person who committed the offense was driving while reading, writing, performing personal grooming (including applying makeup, shaving or other personal grooming tasks), consuming a food or beverage, interacting with a pet, interacting with a vehicle passenger, using a personal communications device (including a radio, CD player, cell phone, pager fax machine (!), GPS device or text messaging device), or engaging in “any other activity that prevents the operator from safely operating the motor vehicle."
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