The statewide ban of texting while driving is getting closer to being reality.

According to, Senate Bill 31 would make it illegal to "read, write, or send a text message while behind the wheel of a moving vehicle."

House Bill 62 was passed through the lower chamber in March.

Both bills would provide a statewide ban on texting while driving with a few exceptions like texting in the case of an emergency. It also does not include using a GPS app on your phone.

Those caught texting and driving once it becomes law could be fined up to $99 for a first violation and a maximum $200 fine for any violation afterward.

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