NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WKRN) – A plan to toughen the law against people caught texting while driving is headed for a Senate vote Wednesday.
The new bill would make all cell phone use illegal when your vehicle is in drive, unless it’s hands-free.
The bill will make the penalty much tougher if you are caught texting and driving, which is already illegal.
Texting behind the wheel is currently considered a non-moving violation, punishable by a $50 fine. The bill would make it a moving violation that could require driver education course and four points issued against the driver’s license.
Driving education classes as well as points on your driving record are among the proposed penalties.
Tennessee suspends licenses for drivers who amass 12 points a year.
The House voted 52-36 to pass the measure. Bills need at least 50 votes to clear the lower chamber.*The Associated Press contributed to this report.