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Greenville police send reminder about distracted driving law

Posted: Updated: March 28, 2014 11:25 PM
Signs posted to remind drivers of upcoming distracted driving ban. (March 28, 2014/FOX Carolina) Signs posted to remind drivers of upcoming distracted driving ban. (March 28, 2014/FOX Carolina)
GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Just about everywhere you go, someone is on a phone walking and talking, driving and talking or maybe even texting and driving.

"I think that's one less hand on the wheel that should be there, honestly," Casion Moore said.

Moore said he uses his phone of course, but says he puts it down when he gets behind the wheel.

"I think it could make it a lot safer on the road," Moore said.

Now, signs are popping up throughout Greenville's city limits as a reminder that holding and talking, or texting on a cell phone while driving will soon be illegal.

"I'm curious as to how they're going to enforce that and what that looks like," Moore said.

Johnathan Bragg, a spokesperson with the Greenville Police Department says it's simple.

"You're going to get stopped if someone sees you doing it and you may get a ticket for it," Bragg said.

And when the distracted driving ban goes into effect, it's for the entire city of Greenville, not just downtown. There's a distracted driving ban sign on North Pleasantburg Drive near Rutherford Road.

"We just basically want people to know that it does go into effect April Fool's Day. We've had some comments about that," Bragg said.

Renee Tridone lives in Maryland and is visiting her son in the Upstate.

"It (the ban) gives you an opportunity to also clear your mind and pay attention to what you're doing on the road," Tridone said.

She said in Maryland, the state has a similar hands-free law like Greenville. She' said she's surprised South Carolina doesn't have a ban.

"They're going to find that the traffic fatalities and accidents will drop, and I think bit by bit they'll probably get on board," Tridone said.

Those who don't like the ban said the term distracted driving could mean loud children in a car or a loud radio, not just talking with a phone in your hand while driving. However, despite some opposition, police say they will start enforcing the law next Tuesday.

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