OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - A bill to outlaw texting while driving has been approved by a House committee.
The House Transportation Committee on Tuesday approved the bill that would make it illegal for anyone to "compose, send, or read a text-based communication while the motor vehicle is in motion." If approved by the House Calendar Committee, the bill will next head to the full House for a vote.
The measure by Smithville Democratic Rep. Curtis McDaniel would impose a fine of up to $500 for violations.
The bill specifically exempts texts to emergency responders, medical providers, firefighters and law enforcement.
Although a texting ban currently is in place for teen drivers, it does not apply to all motorists.
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