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According to MLB.com, who has the highest career batting average among active players?

Check these Whereases from an ordinance that will be discussed at an H-Town City Council Committee meeting this afternoon on banning texting while driving:

WHEREAS, according to the first published work in the United States to examine texting while driving in an actual driving environment, researchers at the Texas A&M Transportation Institute have determined that a driver’s reaction time is doubled when distracted by reading or sending a text message; and

WHEREAS, according to the same study, drivers who faced a flashing light when texting were eleven times more likely to miss the flashing light; and

WHEREAS, according to the same study, drivers were less able to safely

maintain their position in the driving lane and/or maintain a constant speed when they were texting while driving, tending to slow down in an effort to reduce the demand of multiple tasks; and

WHEREAS, according to the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute, drivers who text message while driving are 23 times more likely to be involved in a crash, near crash or a crash relevant conflict than those driving while not distracted; and.

WHEREAS, check this out:

It shall be unlawful for a person to use a wireless communication device to view, send, or create an electronic message while operating a motor vehicle upon a roadway within the city.

And:

It is an affirmative defense to prosecution of an offense under this section that the person was using a wireless communication device:

(1) In the course and scope of the user’s duties as the operator of an emergency vehicle;

(2) To communicate with an emergency response operator, fire department, law enforcement agency, hospital, physician’s office, or health clinic regarding a medical or other emergency situation;

(3) In a vehicle that was parked or stopped out of the traffic lanes of a roadway;

(4) That was attached to or installed in the vehicle as a global positioning or navigation system;

(5) Solely in a voice-activated or other hands-free mode; or

(6) Under a license issued by the Federal Communications Commission.

What if you are sitting on Houston Avenue at the railroad crossing waiting five minutes for the train to pass, can I get a citation for peeking at my gizmo?  

Albert Pujols of course leads all qualifying active big leaguers with a .324 career batting average.

The bats finally arrived last night as the ‘Stros scored 16 runs and smacked 5 dingers.   Brett Wallace missed out on the fun as he went 0 for 4 with 4 whiffs.  He’s batting .048 and battling the pressure. 

 

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