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Submitted by Jolene Reilly on Tue, 05/19/2009 - 1:29pm.

A House bill to ban North Carolina motorists from writing text messages and e-mails while driving has had smooth sailing so far in the Senate. A Senate judiciary committee agreed Tuesday to the legislation with little debate and sent it on to the appropriations committee. The same committee passed a similar bill weeks ago, but passing the House version gives the ban a better chance of getting to Gov. Beverly Perdue's desk more quickly. Supporters say the ban will reduce driver distractions that can lead to highway accidents. Violators could face a $100 fine plus court costs. There are exceptions for police and rescue workers and in some other cases. The House approved the texting ban by a near-unanimous vote last month. (Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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