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Lawmakers once again consider texting while driving ban


South Carolina lawmakers are now considering legislation on something that's already banned in 41 other states: texting while driving.

It's been introduced several times in the last decade, but state lawmakers have never quite been able to commit to a texting and driving ban.

From his business in downtown Columbia, Alex Kesyer sees his fair share of bad driving. The problem? Alex says people just can't seem to put down their cell phones.

Not far from his street corner, proposals to ban texting while driving are being weighed by lawmakers this session. While many drivers we spoke with had their minds made up.

"It's dangerous," said Margaret Thomas. "Especially since I transport my grandchildren in the car and everything and sometimes I have to swerve because of people that go over the lines and what not."

"I think a ban would be great," said Kesyer.

According to AAA, South Carolina has some of the most dangerous highways in the nation and currently there are no state laws that allow troopers to stop distracted drivers.

Numbers from the CDC show nine people die everyday as a result of this type of distracted driving.

"There's a violation that will most likely occur, whether its running a red light, crossing the center line, not signaling," said South Carolina Highway Patrol spokesperson Bob Beres.

The clock is ticking for lawmakers to move the initiatives forward in the next few weeks. But many cities aren't waiting, which could make the difference.

"Obviously Columbia, Charleston, Hilton Head, Greenville, passed texting bans and a handful of others. As these municipalities are passing these bans, we're hoping that will make up the push to get it done in the state," said Angela Vogel Daley with AAA Carolinas.

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