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Iowa approves texting banPosted On Mon, March 29, 2010
A compromise package has been approved by the Iowa legislature that inserts new limits on sending or reading text messages while driving. Young drivers will be given particularly tough restrictions.
This has been a hot topic for Iowa lawmakers and this package is expected to go to Governor Chet Culver for approval. Critics said the measure would be nearly impossible to enforce and would put a new load on police officers, the Associated Press reports.
"The compromise we reached today will protect our most vulnerable drivers and keep our roadways safe,'' Representative Curt Hanson told the AP.
This new measure will restrict drivers under age 18 from using a cell phone or electronic device while driving, including talking on a cell phone. Drivers older than 18 will be banned from reading or writing text messages or e-mails while driving.
Violators of the texting ban could be charged with a misdemeanor and receive a $30 fine. State officials expect the texting ban to take a year to implement while state transportation officials launch a public awareness campaign to warn drivers of the new restrictions.
Twenty states, including the District of Columbia, have laws banning texting while driving.
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