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Greenville Bans Texting While Driving

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Texting while driving (credit: thinkstock)

GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Greenville has banned texting while driving.

City council voted Monday to make it illegal to use a hand-held device while driving. The ban taking effect April 1 also applies to vehicles stopped in traffic or at a stop sign.

The ordinance allows drivers to use hands-free devices if it is mounted in a holder.

Mayor Knox White said he decided to support the ban after listening to doctors who said they’ve seen an increase in accidents caused by distracted driving.

Opponents say the ban will cause more accidents as everyone tries to pull over to take a call.

Officers will initially issue warning tickets. But tickets for distracted driving will carry fines of up to $100, plus court costs. Repeat offenders will get an additional $100 fine per incident.

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