Beaufort, South Carolina, considers education campaign before banning texting while driving

Posted by Kendall Harmon

The ban is proposed by Councilman George O'Kelley Jr. and would prohibit cellphone use by drivers younger than 18 and texting by all drivers. Drivers who break the law would be cited and face fees starting at $50 and increasing to $150 for repeated violations, according to the ordinance.

"If we save a life, I don't care if they are convicted or not in court," O'Kelley said. "If we stop it, we can save an innocent person's life. And if word gets around that if you do this in the city you get in trouble -- that's a deterrent in itself."

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Posted August 22, 2012 at 1:00 pm [Printer Friendly] [Print w/ comments]

1. Cennydd13 wrote:

Texting while driving is just plain dangerous.  People have been killed because of it, and it is banned in California.  The fines are stiff, and if a driver continues to violate the law, he or she could face jail time.  There is never a valid excuse for texting while driving…...or for talking on the cell phone without a hands-free device in use, for that matter.

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