Austin, TX (Law Firm Newswire) March 20, 2017 – The death of a Texas woman highlights the continuing problem of texting and driving related accidents in the state.
Faced with the prevailing attitude about texting and driving that “everyone does it,” a Central Texas man is sharing the story of his sister’s 2015 death with Texas legislators. He wants to inspire the state lawmakers to create a new law regarding distracted driving.
In November 2015 Amanda Rincker was heading home from work at approximately 11 p.m. At the intersection between the Groesbeck and Mexia city limits, along Highway 14, a car was stopped. Rincker did not see the vehicle and crashed into it at full speed. She was texting while driving and did not survive the accident.
After the accident, Rincker’s brother convinced his local government to pass an ordinance banning the use of cellphones while driving. Now, his stated mission is to have that ban cover the state of Texas. He is facing a challenge, as many previous attempts at passing a statewide ban on texting have failed. Texas is one of only four states that does not ban texting and driving.
Rincker’s brother has also been the creator of a social media campaign launched in Central Texas, called CenTex Families Against Texting and Driving. It is a call for families to band together and support each other to not text and drive.
“It’s devastating to lose someone you love in a distracted driving accident,” indicated Bobby Lee, a distracted driving attorney in Austin. “That text that seems so urgent or important? It can wait. The quick comeback to a joke? It can wait. We never used to have cellphones in vehicles and the death rate in traffic accidents was not as high as it is now. Stop. Think. Do not text and drive. It may be the last text you send.”
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