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Greenwood passes texting while driving ban

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The Greenwood City Council takes a vote on an ordinance that bans texting while driving. (Oct. 15, 2012/FOX Carolina) The Greenwood City Council takes a vote on an ordinance that bans texting while driving. (Oct. 15, 2012/FOX Carolina)
GREENWOOD, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Greenwood became the most recent Upstate town to ban texting while driving Monday evening.

The City Council voted six to one to pass the ban, which fines drivers who text or email while driving.

Ward 3 Councilwoman Betty Boles, who voted for the ban, admitted to texting while driving and said she believes it should be outlawed.

Councilman Kenn Wiltshire, of Ward 4, voted against the ban, saying that distractions while driving, like putting on makeup or eating, should also be included.

"I think this will be very difficult for law enforcement to enforce," Wiltshire said. "I agree with the principal of the idea, and you shouldn't be texting while driving."

No members of the public spoke up in favor or against the ordinance. Greenwood Mayor Welborn Adams said the ordinance will save lives.

"I started thinking about it when I realized the state was not going to pass ... and I said we had to do it," said Adams. "They have done it Columbia and other cities."

The new ordinance went into effect immediately, and the fine is $100. Drivers can still talk on the phone while driving and can send messages when they are stopped.

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