AIKEN COUNTY, S.C. (WJBF) – Driving under the influence of electronic devices could become a punishable offense in South Carolina.
State Representative Bill Taylor introduced the legislation this week.
Taylor say distracted driving is a matter of public safety and the current state texting ban has proven worthless.
Driving under the influence of electronics, or DUI-E, outlaws drivers from holding a phone, typing, reading or sending a message while driving.
First time offenders will be fined $100 dollars.
Second time offenders will be fined $300 dollars and get 2 points added to their record.
Subsequent offenses could land violators behind bars.
Distracted driving is the number one cause of traffic-related deaths in South Carolina.
Taylor says Texas and Washington state has passed similar legislation.
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