Ban against texting and driving moves through Senate committees

Posted by Debra Worley - email

WILMINGTON, NC (WECT) - The Senate Judiciary Committee recommended a bill that would ban motorists from sending text messages while behind the wheel.

Lawmakers and safety advocates argue texting is another distraction that can lead to accidents and injuries.

The bill would make texting punishable by up to a $100 fine and court costs. No driver's license points or insurance penalties would be issued. Emergency personnel would be exempt from the law.

Washington was the first state to pass the texting ban in 2007.

The North Carolina bill will now move to the Senate Appropriations Committee.

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