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“Take Action and Keep Others from Driving Dangerously”
The Honorable Terry Canales, Chair
The Honorable Ed Thompson, Vice Chair
Texas House of Representatives, Transportation Committee
Dear Representative Canales, Representative Thompson, and all Members of the Texas House Transportation
On behalf of We Save Lives, and our more than 50 partners, we are urging you to support HB 443, legislation
that would add two words (stop and) in four places in the Texas Transportation Code. For example, “the
operator of a vehicle shall stop and yield the right-of-way to a pedestrian crossing a roadway in a crosswalk.”
It is our belief that the word “yield,” by itself, does not provide adequate protection to pedestrians, our most
vulnerable road users. Unfortunately, it implies that “yielding” to pedestrians is all that is legally required of
vehicle operators, even if striking a pedestrian is the ultimate result of the driver’s behavior.
My son was run over by an unlicensed and distracted driver when he was only 4 years old. I know only too well
the horrors parents face when their children are killed or injured by drivers who aren’t really focused on their
driving but on their phones and think yielding is enough.
Those who drive under the influence, distracted, or aggressively, among other behaviors, are consciously acting
in a manner that is universally known to increase the chance of an event that could kill and injure innocent
victims. Somehow the word “yield,” by itself without the legal requirement to “stop,” does not seem appropriate
for such dangerous and reckless driving choices while operating a vehicle near pedestrians.
Please support HB 443 and change the Texas Transportation Code by substituting words that adequately
protects pedestrians from becoming traffic victims, both physically and legally. This law will also ensure that
motor vehicle operators are fully aware of their obligation to STOP for pedestrians that have the right-of-way.
We believe this bill will save lives and injuries and encourage safe driving.
Candace Lightner – President – We Save Lives (Founder of MADD)