Senate approves texting while driving ban

SANTA FE (KRQE) – After years of stalling, a statewide ban on texting while driving cleared a major hurdle Friday.

The Senate overwhelmingly approved the proposed law 37 to 5.

Drivers caught texting behind the wheel would be fined $25 for a first offense and $50 every time after that.

The bill contains exemptions if the car is pulled over to the side of the road or if the driver is using a hands-free device to text.

Bill sponsor Peter Wirth has been trying for years to pass the bill, but has seen it repeatedly die in the Senate.

“We’re all familiar with it, the public wants this to happen and so I think this is the year,” said Wirth, D-Santa Fe.

Senate Majority Leader Michael Sanchez expressed concern that the bill could be used to profile younger drivers.

Forty-one other states have texting-while-driving bans.

The proposal now goes to the House for approval. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

Leave a Reply

Please log in using one of these methods to post your comment: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s