Bill banning texting while driving advances in Wyoming

A bill introduced in January looking to prohibit the use of communication devices for sending text or e-mail messages while operating a vehicle was given preliminary approval by the Wyoming Senate.

Named Senate File 20, the bill was approved 26-4 by the Senate at the beginning of February and the Senate Transportation Highways and Military Affairs Committee voted unanimously to recommend approval.

Col. Sam Powell, administrator of the Wyoming Highway Patrol, said the texting ban would primarily affect younger drivers and should improve highway safety.

A similar bill passed the state Senate last year but died in the House.  Motorists could face a fine up to 75$ if the measure goes through this time.

Source: Associated Press, February 9, 2010 & Wyoming State Legislature

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