An Upstate driver behind the steering wheel. (File/FOX Carolina)
PENDLETON, SC (FOX Carolina) -
Another Upstate town has taken a stance on distracted driving, approving a ban on texting while driving.
According to the ordinance what was approved after a second reading Monday, the use of electronic devices to review, write or send messages while driving will be illegal in Pendleton beginning June 1.
The Pendleton Town Council approved the ordinance following two readings.
According to the definition of an electronic communications device, the ban applies to any device used, "For the purpose of composing, reading or sending an electronic message, but does not include a GPS or navigation system or a device that is physically or electronically integrated into the motor vehicle."
The ordinance goes on to define electronic messages as communication including, but not limited to, emails, text messages, instant messages or commands/requests on the Internet.
There are exceptions to the law, which include drivers who are off the side of the roadway; using a hands free device without the use of the driver's hand except to activate, deactivate or initiate the hands-free feature; asking for emergency or medical help; or using a citizens band radio, commercial two-way radio, in-vehicle security or amateur/ham radio device.
The penalty for violating Pendleton's ban will be a $100 fine for the first offense, $200 for the second and $300 for the third or subsequent.
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