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Charleston City Council to Consider Texting Ban

4:20 PM, Aug 18, 2013   |    comments
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CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) - Charleston City Council is the latest municipality in South Carolina to consider making it illegal to text behind the wheel.
 
The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/17UwMTV ) the council will consider the ordinance Wednesday. The prohibition would apply to texting, emailing, typing or reading within city limits but would not apply to talking on a cell phone.
 
The fine would be $100 plus court costs.
 
Mayor Joe Riley says it's time for Charleston to join nearly a dozen local governments with similar bans.
 
But the chairman of the committee that will first review of the proposal is not a supporter. Still, Councilman Bill Moody says he'll schedule a public hearing and welcomes the debate.
 
Mount Pleasant Town Council recently voted to ban texting while driving. A second vote is required.

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