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Why will texting behind the wheel be illegal starting tomorrow? Ask this moron

Tomorrow, a ban against texting while driving goes into effect in Colorado, for reasons made obvious in the clip above, featuring a since-fired Texas bus driver who was caught on video thumbing messages when he should have been looking at that car in front of him that he smacked.

The publicity generated by this footage hasn't stopped folks in the Texan's profession from texting while in motion -- note this story about a New York bus driver photographed while fiddling about with his phone only about a month ago. If this trend continues, expect to start seeing public-service announcements like the ultra-violent British one on view below. Watch out for flying glass, ladies.

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Michael Roberts has written for Westword since October 1990, serving stints as music editor and media columnist. He currently covers everything from breaking news and politics to sports and stories that defy categorization.
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