A state Senate subcommittee Wednesday advanced a bill to ban texting while driving. State Department of Public Safety Director Mark Keel testified before the panel. He and the lawmakers on the panel are focusing on the dangers of texting, rather than handheld cell phone use.
Edgefield Senator Shane Massey supports the amended bill:
Massey is adding tougher fines to the bill, civil penalties to be higher than the $25 fine in the first version. Senate bill 642, as amended, goes to the Senate Judiciary. The misdemeanor would apply to all drivers.