New Bill could Ban Using a Cell Phone while Driving - DatelineCarolina

Proposed SC Law Will Ban Texting While Driving

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Dottie Sharpe, owner of Lexington Driving Academy, said people need to start thinking about the consequences of using a cell phone and driving. Dottie Sharpe, owner of Lexington Driving Academy, said people need to start thinking about the consequences of using a cell phone and driving.

By: Steve Huegel

South Carolina State Legislators are working on a new bill that would ban cell phone use while driving.

The bill would make it illegal to operate a vehicle in motion while sending or receiving a text.  Any other reading device would also be banned.

Dottie Sharpe, owner of Lexington Driving Academy, said she knows all too well what can happen when your hands are not on the wheel.  

"In the last five years I've had four accidents and all of them were cell phone related," said Sharpe.

A man using a cell phone rear-ended Sharpe at a stop sign, sending her into oncoming traffic three weeks ago.

"It's as if they don't care about anyone else but themselves, they're self gratifying, and its so dangerous" said Sharpe.

The bill would make it illegal to operate a vehicle in motion while sending or receiving a text.  Any other reading device would also be banned.

Thirty states have already banned texting while driving.  There would not be a ban on using your phone to talk in the proposed bill.  There is no timetable for when there will be a final vote on the bill.

 


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