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Ban on social media use while driving passes committee

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One state lawmaker is looking to put the brakes on social media updates while driving. 

Sen. Dale Erdey has proposed legislation that would ban accessing, reading and posting to social media sites, such as Twitter, Instagram and Facebook while behind the wheel. Currently it is only illegal to text while driving and Erdey says his bill is one way to add some "teeth" to that current law.

If Senate Bill 147 is approved, driver's education classes could see an increase in social media 101. Sen. Erdey says an amendment in his bill would make drivers education courses to include the aspect of distracted driving,  hoping to bring awareness to the issue early on.

If SB 147 is approved and you're caught using social media outlets while driving you could face a traffic fine of up to $175 for the first offense and up $500 for subsequent violations. 

The bill has already cleared the Senate and Monday it passed a house committee. It now moves to the house floor.

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