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Texting & Driving Ban Heads to SC Senate Floor

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Sen. Shane Massey, left, explains the texting ban bill Tuesday. Sen. Shane Massey, left, explains the texting ban bill Tuesday.
COLUMBIA, S.C. - The state Senate Judiciary Committee passed a bill 17-3 late Tuesday afternoon to ban texting while driving in South Carolina. That means the bill now goes to the full Senate for debate.
The committee did weaken the penalties, though. The original bill called for a $100 fine and 2 license points for a first offense. The committee changed the bill so the license points don't kick in until a third offense. The fines would be $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second and $300 for a third.
The committee also passed a second bill that would make it illegal for drivers with beginner's or restricted driver's licenses to use cell phones at all while driving. The bill also bans all drivers from using cell phones while driving through school zones that have their lights flashing.

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