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Legislation to ban texting while driving passes House

Legislation to ban texting while driving passes House

Posted: Tuesday, April 28, 2009 9:37 pm
By: AP

 NASHVILLE (AP) — A proposal that would ban reading or sending cellular phone text messages while driving is headed to the governor for his consideration.

The measure sponsored by Republican Rep. Jon Lundberg of Bristol was approved 68-24 in the House Monday evening. State Rep. Judy Barker of Union City voted for the measure.

The companion bill passed the Senate last week. State Sen. Roy Herron of Dresden supported the bill, which would impose a $50 fine for reading or writing text messages while driving.

Opponents argue that law enforcement may not be able to tell whether drivers are texting or dialing and that texting is already covered under the state’s distracted driving law.

Gov. Phil Bredesen spokeswoman Lydia Lenker says the governor will review the legislation once it reaches his desk.

Published in The Messenger 4.28.09