Tue., January 19, 2010 2:22pm (EST)

Bills Would Ban Texting While Driving
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Two proposals would create fines and license points for people who text message while driving. (photo courtesy Tim Cayne)
Two proposals would create fines and license points for people who text message while driving. (photo courtesy Tim Cayne)
A ban on texting while driving is under consideration at the state capitol.

State Representatives Allen Peake and Amos Anderson have introduced bills to prohibit the practice at the risk of a fine and driver's license penalties.

If the law passes, it would go into effect on July 1 and make Georgia the 20th state to outlaw texting while driving.

Nine states ban teen drivers from text messaging.

Peake says he stopped short of a total ban on cell phone use and says the legislation addresses the "more dangerous" practice of texting.