SC legislators OK fines for texting while driving

 

COLUMBIA - South Carolina motorists would be fined $25 if they're caught sending or reading text messages while they drive under legislation that won approval in the House.

The chamber gave the bill a second reading by a 98-18 vote today. Final approval is expected on Thursday.

Opponents tried to broaden the bill's scope.

Republican state Rep. Kris Crawford of Florence proposed ticketing drivers for taking off a jacket, eating a sandwich or putting on makeup while driving. He also wanted the bill to include a ban on drivers handling iPods.

The bill started out with a $100 fine with the loss of two driving record points. The penalty under the current proposal carries the $25 fine but no points. Violations can't be reported to insurers.

 

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