AUSTIN, Texas-Joe Woods, vice president, state government relations for the Property Casualty Insurers Association of America (PCI), today issued the following statement commending the Senate for final passage of House Bill 62, which would prohibit the use of hand-held electronic communication devices for texting while driving.
“Insurers have been supportive of this legislation for years, and commend Sen. Judith Zaffirini for her dedication and leadership on this important legislation.
“The distracted driving epidemic must be addressed. Enacting and enforcing effective laws that improve safety, such as primary enforcement of all passenger safety restraint laws, speed limits, and distracted and impaired driving will help save lives, prevent injuries, as well as make auto insurance costs more affordable for consumers.
“Safety is the first concern, but the recent increase in accidents could be impacting consumers’ auto insurance costs. The recent spike in the number of auto accidents resulting from distracted driving comes at a time when repair, labor, medical and other costs associated with accidents are also rising. We need to change driver behavior, and encourage drivers to think twice about picking up the phone while behind the wheel.
“The bill will now go to the House for concurrence with the Senate amendments or go to a conference committee.”
Joe Woods is available for media interviews.