Monthly Archives: March 2015

URGENT: Statewide Ban On Texting While Driving

The bill passed the House 102 to 40. Now, there will be another vote by the House on the bill and then the Senate will take up the bill.

CBS19 News Report

HB 80 will be read on the Texas House floor on Wednesday, March 25
HB 80 creates a statewide ban on texting while driving.

The statewide ban on texting while driving has passed out of committee and is headed to the House floor tomorrow, Wednesday, March 25.

Please contact your representative NOW and ask for a YES vote on HB 80.
Was your representative one of the authors or co-authors on this bill? Be sure to say thanks!
Not sure how to contact your state representative?  Emails and calls are both valuable.
Forty-five states have banned texting while driving. It’s time for Texas to join with most of the country to make our roads safer for all road users by keeping this dangerous activity out from behind the wheel.

According to the State of Texas, there were more than 94,000 distraction-related traffic crashes in Texas in 2013 that resulted in more than 18,000 serious injuries and 459 deaths. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that more than nine people are killed in the U.S. every day in crashes that are reported to involve a distracted driver.

The following format to be useful when contacting elected officials:
My name is _____ and my occupation is _____. I live in District ____. I ride a bike.
Please support HB 80 to ban texting while driving in Texas.
(Tell your representative why this legislation is important to you.)
Thank you for your time and consideration.
Thank you for making Texas a great place to ride a bike.

Texas State Senate District 1–Kevin Eltife
Capitol Office: CAP 3E.16
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0101
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin, TX 78711
District Address: P. O. Box 12068, Capitol Station
Austin TX 78711
Phone: (903) 596-9122

Texas State House District 6–Matt Schaefer
Capitol Office: EXT E2.510
Capitol Phone: (512) 463-0584
Capitol Address: P.O. Box 2910
Austin, TX 78768
District Address: 200 E. Ferguson St., Suite 506
Tyler TX 75702
Phone: (903) 592-0900


Bicycle Task-Force Meeting

The City of Tyler/MPO  Bicycle Task-Force Meeting was on Thursday Afternoon March 19, 2015.  Below is a brief summary of the the meeting.

  • I question was posed about riding bicycles on city sidewalks; the city confirmed that there is no ban on riding bicycle on sidewalks.
  • TxDOT confirmed that there is sufficient room for bike lanes on Old Jacksonville hwy.  No lanes have been designated and that is why there is no signage.
  • A new bike route in the city were proposed and a short presentation was made.
  • Another presentation was made on the proposed extension of the South Tyler Trail System.  The Legacy Trail will have two routes:  one route will extend from Grande, along Old Jacksonville hwy to Gresham; the other route will follow Dueling Oaks, south to W. Cumberland Rd.  State and local funds, as well as donations will pay for the proposed extension.