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Bill to ban texting while driving passes the house

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - A bill to ban texting while driving in Tennessee is now headed to the governor's desk.

Kevin Kennedy enjoys texting while driving.

"Yeah...2 or 3 times a day would be a good round about answer," he said.

But he says he understands a legislative proposal that would ban reading or sending cell phone text messages while driving.

"Really, safety should be a number one issue. Drivers are easily distracted while texting," he added

The measure has already been approved by the House and Senate. It is sponsored by Representative Jon Lundberg of Bristol.

"There are several fatalities that have occurred in Tennessee and this is going to make it safer not just for the person in the car, but the people driving down our roadways" said Lundberg.

According to the bill, Motorists who are caught writing text messages would have to pay a fifty dollar fine.

Elizbeth Blair stated, "If you're going to do it and mean it, it probably needs to be more than fifty dollars."

Some opponents argue enforcing the law could be tough.

"I just don't know how they're going to enforce it other than doing checks or video cameras at stop lights or something like that" said Blair.

Lundberg stated, "If you're dialing a phone you're going to use the keypad and pull the phone up to your ear and that shows you're talking on the phone. If you're texting you don't hold the phone to your ear."

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