Proposal to ban texting while driving heads to governor
NASHVILLE, Tenn. - A proposal that would ban drivers from sending or receiving text messages while behind the wheel is on its way to the governor's desk after lawmakers agreed on minor differences in the bill.
The measure passed the House on Monday and the Senate approved it last week.
The Senate concurred with the House version on Thursday.
Lydia Lenker, spokeswoman for Governor Phil Bredesen, said he will review the legislation once it reaches his desk.
If the bill is signed into law, Tennessee will become the tenth state to outlaw texting while driving.
Violators will face a $50 fine.
Alaska, California, Utah, Minnesota, Arkansas, Louisiana, Virginia, New York and Connecticut already have bans in place or that will take effect this year.