Texas Senators Question Electricity Pricing Plan

By: Associated Press

Posted: Mon 11:55 AM, Nov 25, 2013
 AUSTIN, Texas (AP) The Texas Senate’s Natural Resources Committee has called the Public Utility Commission to talk about the pricing of electricity.

Committee Chairman Troy Fraser called commissioners to testify Monday in Austin amid reports it could change the wholesale electricity market.

Commissioners have long debated how to make sure Texas has enough electricity. Demand is growing, but generators say prices are too low to make investments in new equipment worthwhile.

Some experts suggest raising prices. Others want Texas to pay generators to keep standby capacity available when demand peaks, or equipment shuts down unexpectedly.

Can You Be Ticketed for Distracted Driving?

In most states, you can be pulled over and ticketed for texting while driving. Some states also ban handheld cell phone use. Look up the laws in your state and wherever you plan to drive.

Texting while driving is extremely hazardous because it involves visual, manual, and cognitive attention, but any activity that distracts a driver can lead to a serious accident.

Other common distractions include eating, grooming, reading directions, and adjusting the radio. These activities may seem harmless, but the fact is that hundreds of thousands of people in the U.S. are killed or injured every year as a result of distracted driving.

Visit Distraction.gov for more information.