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By Chevon T. Baccus APR
Executive Editor 

Warning's Over: Texting While Driving Now Will Cost You


Last updated 1/8/2020 at 10:49am

The six-month warning period for texting while driving is coming to an end. Law enforcement officers will begin citing violators Jan. 1, with fines of $30 for the first offense.

Texting while driving became a primary offense July 1, meaning law officers can now pull over drivers they see texting. In the past, officers needed another reason to make the stop. The texting ban does not apply to a driver using a navigation device or to a driver whose vehicle is stationary.

The first offense is a non-moving traffic violation (no points) and a $30 fine. The second and subsequent offenses within 5...

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