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Haley signs statewide ban on texting while driving

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Gov. Nikki Haley signed a statewide ban on texting while driving Monday.

Under the ban, drivers who violate the law would not receive penalty points, but would face fines starting at $25.

The use of GPS navigators and texting to summon emergency services, however, is permitted.

Drivers are also allowed to text on a hand-held device if stopped at a red light or stop sign.

Police are prohibited from confiscating or viewing a cell phone to determine whether a driver was texting. During the first 180 days after the law goes into effect police would issue warnings before citations are handed out.

The ban would supersede at least 19 local ordinances that vary by city, creating consistency across South Carolina.

South Carolina is the 49th state to adopt a law on texting. Montana does not have a texting ban.


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