A texting while driving ban is being considered in Columbia by the city council, according to news reports.
The Columbia City County will upstage the Legislature on Tuesday and consider the texting ban within the city.
If the law passes, "anyone caught texting while driving would be charged with a civil infraction and would pay a civil fine of $100, plus court costs," according to news reports. There fine would not affect the driver's points on his license.
A statewide ban on texting while driving is also being debated in the Senate.
So far, 29 states have passed ordinances that ban texting while driving.
As a Columbia car accident lawyer, I think it's important for lawmakers to pay attention to the dangers of distracted driving, including texting and driving. I urge drivers, however, to never text and drive or talk on the phone while driving, to avoid car accidents caused by distracted driving, whether there is a law against it or not. Texting and driving is extremely dangerous and anything can happen when your eyes leave the roadway for even a second.
If you or a loved one has been injured in a distracted driving car accident, contact a personal injury lawyer in Columbia.