North Texans are driving extra carefully this morning but one state lawmaker wants to keep that practice going even when the roads aren't slipperier than [insert name of crooked politician here].
State Rep. "Chente" Quintanilla of El Paso has filed a bill that targets inattentive driving. It goes way farther than other bills filed that would restrict or outlaw cell phone use while behind the wheel.
Quintanilla wants to
make it an offense for a driver to make drivers caught breaking a rule of the road pay a bigger fine if they broke the law while doing any of the following:
(3) performing personal grooming;
(4) consuming food or a beverage;
(5) interacting with a pet;
(6) interacting with a vehicle passenger;
(7) using a personal communications device; or
(8) engaging in another activity that prevents the operator from safely operating the motor vehicle.
(b) For the purposes of this section:
(1) "Personal grooming" includes:
(A) applying makeup;
(C) combing hair; or
(D) attending to another personal hygiene or appearance task.
(2) "Personal communications device" includes:
(A) a radio;
(B) a personal stereo;
(C) a compact disc player;
(D) an audio or video device;
(E) a personal computer;
(F) a two-way radio, including a citizen's band radio;
(G) a pager;
(H) a telephone;
(I) a wireless messaging device;
(J) a facsimile machine;
(K) a radar detector;
(L) a personal digital assistant;
(M) a geographic positioning system receiver; or
(N) a similar device.
For all of you Texans operating a fax machine while driving, whether this bill goes anywhere or not, just knock it off.