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VOL. 40 | NO. 13 | Friday, March 25, 2016

House OKs increasing penalties for texting while driving

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NASHVILLE (AP) - The state House has narrowly passed a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving in Tennessee.

Texting behind the wheel is currently considered a non-moving violation, punishable by a $50 fine. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett would make it a moving violation that could require driver education course and four points issued against the driver's license.

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 Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill on Wednesday.

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