For drivers with cell phones, taking a call while you're driving can be dangerous. Soon, it may be illegal. Texas State Representative Paul Moreno, a Democrat from El Paso, has filed a bill for the upcoming legislative session which would ban drivers from talking on cell phones unless they have a hands-free device.
A recent Harvard university study estimates about one in twenty traffic accidents are caused by drivers who are talking on cell phones. In East Texas, opinion was split on legislating the matter.
"I guess if it saves people from having wrecks, it might be a good idea," Said Kaci Harris of Tyler. "But I do talk on my cell phone a lot so I don't know what I'd do."
"What's the point of having one if you're not going to be able to use it in your car," says Travis Griffin of Lake Charles. "If you're not at work or not at home, most of your time is spent in your car."
"How you going to shift, drive, and talk on the phone at the same time?" asks Athens resident Jerrel Reynolds. "I've got a hands-free, so I can still talk while I'm going and still be able to look both ways and pay attention."
"Instead of having a phone to my ear," he adds.
Six other states already have some kind of law regulating cell phone use in vehicles.