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Text messaging bill sailing through Senate

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A House bill to ban North Carolina motorists from writing text messages and e-mails while driving has had smooth sailing so far in the Senate.

A Senate judiciary committee agreed Tuesday to the legislation with little debate and sent it on to the appropriations committee. The same committee passed a similar bill weeks ago, but passing the House version gives the ban a better chance of getting to Gov. Beverly Perdue’s desk more quickly.

Supporters say the ban will reduce driver distractions that can lead to highway accidents. Violators could face a $100 fine plus court costs. There are exceptions for police and rescue workers and in some other cases.

The House approved the texting ban by a near-unanimous vote last month.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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A House bill to ban North Carolina motorists from writing text messages and e-mails while driving has had smooth sailing so far in the Senate.

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