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MPD could soon issue tickets for texting while driving

Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee, but Memphis police are unable to issue tickets. That could change, however, if the Memphis City Council gets its way. Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee, but Memphis police are unable to issue tickets. That could change, however, if the Memphis City Council gets its way.

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MEMPHIS, TN (WMC-TV) - Texting while driving is illegal in Tennessee, but Memphis police are unable to issue tickets. That could change, however, if the Memphis City Council gets its way.

Council members want to send a message to all the texters behind the wheel: stop it. They took the first step Tuesday that will force texters to put their money where their fingers are.

"I guess if I'm pulled over I'll probably stop for a little while," texting pro Joey Lowe said. "But nah, it won't keep me from doing it."

Lowe says even if the city bans texting while driving, it won't stop him, because he says he won't get caught.

Case in point, while riding with Lowe in the car, he points to a police officer.

"See like this guy right here, I'm texting here, see I'm texting, there's another cop, they have no idea I'm texting at all," Lowe said, laughing.

If the Council decides to ban texting while driving, you'll have to figure out if sending that one little text is worth risking $50.

"If you're a hardworking college student like me, it's kind of a lot," Lowe said. "I guess it is a price I'll pay."

Catherine Hanna says the price of texting could turn out to be a lot higher.

"Personally, every time I've tried to text while driving, I look off the road, so I think it's a good idea because I don't pay attention if I drive while I text," Hanna said.

Even our experienced texter admits it's not the safest thing to do.

"I'm pretty good at texting while driving," Lowe said. "There have been occasions I'm kind of like 'whoa!' Most of the time though, not at all."

Lowe says he knows he probably should lay off the keys, but like most habits, it's hard to break.

"You start it, and it's kind of hard to stop," Lowe said.

Tennessee police can already issue you a ticket for Texting on a state highway.

As for the ban on city streets, it's expected to take about six weeks before it is final.

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