POTTSBORO, TX - A local organization is now one step closer to becoming a statewide initiative. Mystic Matthews attended the Less Tears More Years meeting Thursday night and tells us about growth of the grassroots campaign.
Last week, Less Tears representatives went to Austin and came back with the unanimous support of the Texas Police Chief's Association. Now the group is one step closer to making changes in Texas.
Less tears members say recognition by the Texas Police Chiefs Association is a huge milestone. Since the group's founding almost one year ago, about ten area cities and agencies have joined the effort to save teen lives. Including, most recently Honey Grove, the first city outside of Grayson County.
Right now, the Texas House Sub-Committee on Transportation is getting ready to do a traffic study, which will help them determine what changes need to be made to increase the safety of teen driving laws.
April 30th, Less Tears representatives will head back to Austin to testify about the traffic study to urge lawmakers to amend teen driving laws. Their testimony will include details of two crashes which claimed the lives of two Pottsboro teens last May.
State Representative Larry Phillips sits on the state house committee and has pledged to help push the bills through the house.
Less Tears members hope to see proposed changes go to the legislature in 2009.
And with prom right around the corner, Less Tears More Years says they are working to get their message out to everyone they can and quickly.
To donate your time or money to Pottsboro’s After Prom Events, email Tracy Burns TMBurns@texoma.net