Personal freedom is a hot-button issue for many people who oppose having too much government regulation. There are some laws, however, that are put in place to help protect people from harm. Currently, Texas is just one of five states that has yet to pass a statewide law regarding distracted driving outside of school zones, though advocates hope to change that.
Gov. Rick Perry felt a 2011 bill imposed too much government involvement on Texans and vetoed the legislation that would have banned texting while behind the wheel. There are several cities that prohibit the behavior, which a spokesman for the state transportation department says causes 20 percent of all traffic accidents. The department has been campaigning to discourage people from using phones while driving, recently asking hundreds of Austin employers to prohibit workers from doing so while on the job.