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Maine becomes 33rd state to ban texting while driving

Posted On Thu, June 9, 2011

While it may be known to some as 'Vacationland,' Maine authorities have made the state's laws more strict by becoming the 33rd state to ban texting while driving.

In a recent statement, Department of Transportation secretary Ray LaHood praised the state's governor, Paul LePage, for signing the measure into law, making the practice illegal.

"Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year on our roads and injures hundreds of thousands more," said La Hood. "By signing this tough texting ban into law today, Governor LePage has taken a crucial step to improve safety and save lives on Maine roads."

Distracted driving has become a growing safety issue on America's roadways. In 2009, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration launched a website devoted to distracted driving statistics and prevention.

In addition to a possible increase in auto insurance rates, Mainers caught texting while driving face a minimum fine of $100.

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