Cell Phone Use Might Cost Young Drivers Their Licenses - DatelineCarolina

Cell Phone Use Might Cost Young Drivers Their Licenses

Cell Phone Usage Could be Banned to Young Drivers Cell Phone Usage Could be Banned to Young Drivers

By Colleen Casselton

Chatting on cell phones and or text messaging while driving could soon become illegal for young South Carolina drivers

Under a proposal being debated in the South Carolina legislature Wednesday, 15 and 16-year-old drivers caught driving while using a cell phone could be charged with a misdemeanor and lose their license for thirty days. 

The proposal bans anyone with a beginner's permit, conditional, or special restricted driver's license from using a phone or other wireless device while driving. 

A third offense could mean up to a year's suspension. 

Authorities say House members will consider exceptions for drivers using handsfree devices and for emergencies. 

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