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Greenville City Council passes distracted driving ban

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Greenville City Council passed the ordinance on the second and final reading on Monday. (Feb. 10, 2014/FOX Carolina) Greenville City Council passed the ordinance on the second and final reading on Monday. (Feb. 10, 2014/FOX Carolina)
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GREENVILLE, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The Greenville City Council passed a distracted driving ordinance at a meeting on Monday night.

The ordinance, which prohibits the use of hand-held devices while operating a vehicle, will go into effect April 1.

The ordinance passed the first reading unanimously Jan. 27, and passed it again at the second and final reading on Feb. 10.

The city said the seven week delay before the April 1 start date will allow it to conduct an education and awareness campaign in the city.

After that, drivers who are stopped for distracted driving could face a gradual penalty system, in which first-time offenders could get a penalty of up to $100, and second-time offenders receiving a $200 fine, etc.

The city said the court could also potentially seize the texter's device.

The ban would have exemptions for emergencies and first responders, the city said.

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