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Drivers in Mississippi will soon be banned from texting and driving

In 15 minutes, WMC Action News 5 caught four drivers texting at one intersection. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5) In 15 minutes, WMC Action News 5 caught four drivers texting at one intersection. (Photo Source: WMC Action News 5)
DESOTO COUNTY, MS (WMC) -

Mississippi drivers will soon be banned from texting and driving, something many drivers are excited about.

House Bill 389 will ban texting, emailing, and posting on social media while driving. Governor Phil Bryant signed the bill into law last week.

"At the stop light everyone is looking down," says Lashonda Rose. Rose says as she drives through Southaven, she constantly sees people using their smartphones.

In just 15 minutes, WMC Action News 5's cameras caught four drivers engulfed in their phones at the intersection of Airways Boulevard and Goodman Road.

"I will look down to see who text me, but I don't usually open it up and write back or anything like that," says Silva Collins.

Collins admits she has used her phone to text while driving in the past, but says she hopes this ban will make some drivers think twice.

The ban does not include talking while driving. Drivers are still allowed to make and receive phone calls.

The fine for being caught texting and driving is $25, and in 2016 that fine quadruples to $100.

Mississippi is now the 45th state to ban texting and driving for all drivers.

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