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Tuesday, January 19, 2010 - 10:22am

Bills Would Ban Texting While Driving

Updated: 7 years ago.
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.