AMARILLO, Texas - Some officials are calling texting and driving the new DUI. Now, the National Transportation Safety Board is pushing for a nationwide ban on cell phone use while driving. It is one of many pushes this year to keep our roads safer.
Since August, Amarillo police have issued more than 50 citations for texting and driving in school zones. Now, the city of Amarillo is looking into launching a citywide ban.
Cpl. Jerry Neufeld with the Amarillo Police Department says distracted driving can be a big problem with drivers.
"Pay attention to what they're doing. They're driving a 2,000 pound weapon," Cpl. Neufeld said. "You know, quit worrying about what kids are doing in the backseat, quit eating and driving, you know pull over and stop to get something to eat, and don't drive and text.