Text and drive, lawmakers say why not?

By: AP
By: AP

News 12 at 11
COLUMBIA, S.C. (AP) -- South Carolina lawmakers have decided it's
OK for 15- and 16-year-olds to talk and text message on cell phones
while driving.

The House voted Wednesday to send a measure blocking such
activities back to a committee, ending its chances for passage this
year.

The measure would have made it illegal for anyone with a
beginner's permit, conditional or special restricted driver's
license to use a phone or other wireless device while driving. In
South Carolina, teens can get a regular driver's license when they
turn 17.

Sponsoring Representative Lanny Littlejohn argued young people
just learning to drive need to concentrate, and the bill could save
lives.

Opponents argued cell phones aren't the only distraction to
drivers. They worried the bill could lead to bans for older
drivers.

Copyright 2008 by The Associated Press.


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