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Page 2A NEWS Hays Free Press March 13, 2013 4_ The Hays Free Press (ISSN 1087-9323) published weekly by Barton Publications, Inc., 122 N. Main St., Buda, TX 78610. Periodicals postage paid at Buda, TX 78610 and additional mailing offices. POSTMASTER: Send address changes to Barton Publications, Inc., P.O. Box 339, Buda, TX 78610. ISSN#1087-9323 NEWS TIPS If you think it's news, we probably do tool Newsroom phone: 512-268-7862 E-mail: news@haysfreepress. com Mail: P.O. Box 339, Buda, Texas 78610 CORRECTIONS Any erroneous reflection upon the character, standing or reputation of any person, firm or corporation which may appear in the pages of the Hays Free Press will be corrected upon being br ought to the attention of the publisher. DEADLINES The deadline for display advertising and any contributed news copy in the Hays Free Press is 5 p.m. Friday the week prior to publication. The deadline for Letters to the Editor and classified word advertising in the Hays Free Press is noon Monday the week of publication, though we encourage readers and advertisers to observe the Friday deadline. LETTERS GUIDELINES We welcome locally written letters to the editor on timely topics of community interest. We ask that you keep them to about 350 words in length and that you not indulge in personal attacks on private individuals. Letters may be edited for brevity and clarity. All letters should be signed by the author and include a daytime phone number where the author can be contacted for verification. Letter writers are limited to one letter per month. Letters can be emailed to csb@haysfreepress.com HISTORY Founded April 10, 1903, by Thomas Fletcher Harwell as The Kyle News, with offices on the corner of Burleson and Miller Streets in the town's oldest remaining building. It merged into The Hays County Citizen in 1956. The paper consolidated with The Free Press in October, 1978. During its more than 100-year history the newspaper has maintained offices at more than a dozen locations in Kyle and Buda. BY ZACHARY BUCKHANNON Special to the Hays Free Press Distracted driving, espe- cially among teenagers, is a hot topic in law enforce- ment and the car insurance industry. But recent research indicates it's not just young drivers who are not paying attention to the road. All drivers deal with dis- tractions; tuning the radio, eating, talking with pas- sengers, having a cell phone conversation. According to a recent State Farm Insurance survey, the number of Ameri- cans driving while distracted increased from 13 percent in 2009 to 21 percent in 2012. The data also indicates that U.S. drivers are increasingly texting and surfing the web while driving. A 2011 Texas Transporta- tion Institute study report shows that sending or receiv- ing a text takes a driver's eyes off of the road for an average of 4.6 seconds. That is the equivalent, the report said, of driving 55 mph down the length of a football field while blindfolded. The researchers also said that the study findings ex- tend to other driving distrac- tions such as checking e-mail or Facebook. The popularity of mobile technology such as smart- phones brought several ben- efits to users. But the increase of mobile technology has also brought with it increased risks for all drivers, not just those using the devices. At distraction.gov, a web- site developed by the U.S. Department of Transporta- tion, data shows that dis- tracted driving contributes to almost 20 percent of all fatal crashes, with cell phones constituting the primary source of distraction. Two numbers illustrate the magnitude of the problem: an estimated five billion text messages are sent each day in the United States, and at least 20 percent of all driv- ers admit to texting while driving. In its report, a State Farm spokesperson said, '~,pproxi- mately half of young adults are webbing, with some frequency, while driving." S PHOTO BY DAVID WHITE Out of 60 Lehman High law prohibiting texting while School students who drive, driving. There are two restric- 47 admitted they surf or text tions for drivers under the while driving, age of 18 and for bus driv- "It's not that I think that I ers: using cell phones while can drive while texting, but operating a vehicle and using since looking down at a small hand held phones in school screen so fast is not that time zones. consuming, it is not much of However, 25 Texas cities a distraction," said Nathan including Austin and San An- Castro, a junior, tonio have passed local laws The distraction.gov data against texting while driving also shows that 11 percent within city limits. of all teenage accidents are That may be about to caused by distracted driving, change across the state. Data from that website also Six Texas lawmakers have shows that a distracted driver filed bills this legislative ses- poses 23 times more of a risk sion banning the use of cellu- than one who is not. lar and other mobile devices In 2010, more than 3,000 while driving. people living in the United One of those bills, SB 28, States were killed in crashes also known as the Alex Brown involving a distracted driver. Memorial Act, was intro- But the State Farm report duced by Texas State Senator also shows that teens are not Judith Zaffirini (D-Laredo). the only distracted drivers. This bill would create an of- David Belgie, vice president fense for use of a handheld of public affairs from State wireless communication de- Farm, said, "While the focus vice for text-based communi- has been on young people, cation - including an instant the data also indicates that message, email or other motorists of all ages are electronic message - while increasing their use of the operating a motor vehicle. It mobile web while driving," would be an offense to use Nearly three quarters of a handheld wireless device study participants in the to read, write or send such a State Farm research said the message while driving unless answer to the distracted driv- the vehicle is stopped. ing problem is to have laws Alex Brown, the namesake prohibiting using a mobile of SB 28, was a high school device while driving. They student from Wellman, Texas, also said those laws need to who died while texting and be enforced, driving in 2010. She was driv- Texas is one of 11 states ing above the speed limit, that do not have a statewide not wearing a seat belt and ns texting on her way to school. Her parents spoke to stu- dents at Hays High School and Dripping Springs High School in 2011 about the dangers of texting and driv- ing. Another bill, HB 63, also known as the "Alex Brown Memorial Act" recently cleared its first major leg- islative hurdle. Rep. Tom Craddick announced the House Transportation Committee voted in favor of HB 63. The legislation will now go to the calendars com- mittee to be considered for full floor debate. If passed, HB 63 would amend the Texas Transporta- tion code to ban the "use of a wireless communication device to read, write or send a text-based communication while driving, except when a vehicle is stopped." "I am elated that the ban on texting while driving bill has been reported favorably by the committee and is one step closer to increasing pub- lic safety of our Texas road- ways," Rep. Craddick said. If liB 63 passes it will take effect September 1, 2013. In 2011, a similar mea- sure by Craddick passed in both the House and Senate but fell victim to Gov. Rick Perry's veto pen. There's no indication the law will earn the governor's support this time around, either. In February, a Perry spokesperson said, "Gov. Perry continues to believe texting while driving is reck- less and irresponsible, and as he nbted last session, current law already prohibits driv- ers under the age of 18 from texting or using a cell phone while driving. The key to dis- suading drivers from texting while driving is information and education, not govern- ment micromanagement." Whether legislated or not, U.S. Secretary of Transporta- tion Ray LaHood may have summed it up best with this advice, "The safest way to get from one place to another is to hang up and drive." *Edito/'s note: Clint Younts is an occasional columnist for the Hays Free Press. Kim Hilsenbeck contrib- uted to this story. Comments on the Hays Free Press Facebook site in- dicated that young adults, ranging from 20 to 29, as well as a few people in their 30s, 40s and even S0s, admitted to texting, web surfing or looking at a map (or all three) on a mobile device while driving. Fol- lowing is a sample of those comments: "All 3." -Jennifer Natal, 22 "Guilty. I have Sift now but I haven't taken full advantage of it." -Melissa Davis, 26 "Unfortunately I have." -Charisa McBee, 27 "1 have and I'm 27." -Austin Dykes, 27 "1 look at the Austin traffic during my drive to work often. It's saved as a favorite." -Leslie Motes Crabbe, 37 "I'm old fashioned. I have a smartphone, but I still use my dash GPS. Bigger screen, it sits on my dash where I don't have to take my eyes off the road." -Cristina Lee Parker, 37 "Guilty." Amy Harrison Pena, 55 "Map audio but look at it sometimes. Try to pull over though." -Diana Woods, 56 "Phone Navigator audio. I do look at it sometimes." -Joy Valdez, 58 Several posters said they avoid distracted driving: "Never." -Carol Fitzgerald, 49 "Dang, I have a hard enough time trying to text while stand- ing still and using two hands, Besides, there's nothing on that stupid phone that's more important that the lives of yourself and others on Texas roads." -Clint Younts, (age conveniently not provided*) "No, I haven't, I'm not stupid. Anyone who does it is asking for trouble." -Angle & Ernie Schulze, 50+ HAYS CONSOLIDATED INDEPENDENT SCHOOL DISTRICT STATEMENT OF REVENUES, EXPENDITURES, AND CHANGES IN FUND BALANCE GOVERNMENTAL FUNDS FOR THE YEAR ENDED AUGUST 31, 2012 EXHIBIT C-3 Data 10 50 60 Total Control General Debt ServiceCapital Other Governmental Codes Fund Fund Projects Funds Funds REVENUES: 5700 Total Local and Intermediate Sources $41,300,379 $16,194,405 $ 11,729 $2,765,524 $ 60,272,037 5800 State Program Revenues 72,957,4426,318,566 1,155,082$ 80,431,090 5900 Federal Program Revenues 2,522,484 11,905,222 $ 14,427,706 5020 Total Revenues 116,780,305 22,512,971 11,729 15,825,828 155,130,833 EXPENDITURES: Current: 0011Instruction 63,322,827 0012Instructional Resources & Media Services1,954,062 0013Curriculum & Instructional Staff Development 994,073 0021Instructional Leadership 1,753,730 0023School Leadership 6,695,458 0031Guidance, Counseling & Evaluation Services 3,608,542 0032Social Work Services 147,362 0033Health Services 1,611,904 0034Student (Pupil) Transportation 8,107,454 0035Food Services 69,000 0036Cocurricular/Extracurricular Activities 2,813,710 0041General Administration 3,028,963 0051Plant Maintenance and Operations 12,883,096 0052Security and Monitoring Services 1,012,142 0053Data Processing Services 2,038,091 0061Community Services 255,413 0071Debt Service - Principal on long-term debt 316,051 0072Debt Service - Interest on long-term debt 24,341 0073Debt Service - Bond issuance cost and fees 0081Facilities Acquisition and Construction 0093Payments to Fiscal Agent/Member Districts of SSA 17,947 0099Other Intergovernmental Charges 564,597 6030 Total Expenditures 11,405,000 13,875,895 249,914 1,391 11,004 50,096 6,487,242 7,250,464 70,574,682 6,407 1,960,469 342,372 1,336,445 36,278 1,790,008 9,926 6,705,384 298,885 3,907,427 189 147,551 1,611,904 8,107,454 7,483,630 7,552,630 2,813,710 3,028,963 174,766 13,068,866 1.012,142 65.713 2,153,900 12.625 268.038 11,721,051 13,900,236 249.914 1,715,223 8,202,465 17,947 564,597 111,218,76325,530,809 6,549,733 17,396,478 160,695,783 1100Excess (Deficiency) of Revenues Over (Under) Expenditures OTHER FINANCING SOURCES (USES): 7901 Refunding bonds issued 7912 Sale of Real and Personal Property 7915 Transfers In 7916 Premium or discount on issuance of bonds 8911 Transfers Out (Use) 8940 Payment to bond refunding escrow agent 7080 Total Other Financing Sources (Uses) 5,561,542 (3,017,838) 16,540,000 8,141 3,000,000 2,387,320 (3,0O0,000) (18,866,773) 3,060,547 (6,538,004) (1,570,650) (5,564,950) 16.540.000 8.141 3,000,000 2,387,320 (3,000,000) (18,866,773) 68,688 (2,991,859) 2,569,683 42,709 (6,538,004) (1,570,650) (5,496,262) 31,520,529 3,870,366 11,413,457 4,331,471 51,135,823 $34,090,212 $ 3,913,075 $ 4,875,453 $2,760,821 $ 45,639,561 1200 Net Change in Fund Balances 0100 Fund Balance - September I (Beginning) 1300 Prior Period Adjustment 3000 Fund Balance - August 31 (Ending) Child Sex Offender Arrested Continued from pg. 1A have additional charges added, ing~ child safetyzone, no contact Durdin said. with victim (and) post second- TDCJ officials are not releas- aryeducation reimbursement." ing much information and Texas Attomey General Greg said details behind the alleged Abbot created the Cyber Crimes contact are "confidential" and Unit in 2003, which is aimed at would not provide a probable protecting children from online cause affidavit, sexual exploitation, according to Durdin said Pehrigo's im- their release. 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