"The more volume of cars, the more glaring the issue from time to time," he added. "Looking at statistics in Mineral Wells, I haven't noticed that being a big, glaring factor [but it] does play a role in some of the accidents around here."
Current state laws already prohibit the use of cell phones by drivers in certain circumstances.
Drivers under 18 years of age may not use any wireless communications devices and anyone operating a vehicle with a learner's permit may not use handheld cell phones during the first six months of driving.
School bus operators are prohibited from using cell phones while driving with children on board and no one may use any handheld device while driving in school crossing zones.
Additionally, several other Texas cities, including Stephenville, have enacted their own local laws dealing with distracted driving.
According to a Texas Department of Transportation traffic safety report, distracted driving is the third leading cause of traffic fatalities. According to a real-world study among Virginia Tech researchers, texting drivers are 23 times more likely to have an accident or near accident than those without the distraction.