Charleston City Council to consider texting ban

Charleston City Council to consider texting ban

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Charleston City Council to consider texting ban

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by Associated Press

WCNC.com

Posted on August 17, 2013 at 9:38 PM

CHARLESTON, S.C. (AP) -- Charleston City Council is the latest municipality in South Carolina to consider making it illegal to text behind the wheel.  

The Post and Courier reports (http://bit.ly/17UwMTV ) the council will consider the ordinance Wednesday. The prohibition would apply to texting, emailing, typing or reading within city limits but would not apply to talking on a cell phone. 

The fine would be $100 plus court costs. 

Mayor Joe Riley says it's time for Charleston to join nearly a dozen local governments with similar bans.  

But the chairman of the committee that will first review of the proposal is not a supporter. Still, Councilman Bill Moody says he'll schedule a public hearing and welcomes the debate. 

Mount Pleasant Town Council recently voted to ban texting while driving. A second vote is required.
 

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