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Texting and driving ban heads to Gov. Haley's desk

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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) -

A texting and driving ban is on its way to Governor Nikki Haley's desk.

The texting ban was approved by the House and Senate with overwhelming support Wednesday.

"This texting and driving ban will save more lives than any other action by state government in years," said State. Sen. Vincent Sheheen, D-Camden. "I am so proud to have been the sponsor and joined with Democrats and Republicans to pass it. The ban will help protect the people of South Carolina, clear up confusing and irregular local regulations, and make our roads safer around the state. The passage today is a major step forward for South Carolina and is a testament to what we can accomplish to improve people's lives through honest leadership and a common-sense approach to government. I urge the governor to sign it."

Sheheen was one of three senators appointed to a conference committee to get the bill to a vote.

The senate approved the bill by a 42-2 vote Wednesday afternoon. About 30 minutes later, the House passed the bill by a 94-2 margin.

The bill gives all law enforcement officers in South Carolina the ability to pull over drivers on suspicion of texting while driving, much like pulling over a swerving car on suspicion of driving under the influence.

Drivers WIS spoke with Wednesday said this type of statewide law is long, long overdue.

Once it's signed into law, South Carolina will be the 49th state to adopt a law on texting. Only Montana doesn't have a texting ban.

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