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Texting Bill Goes to Governor

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CARSON CITY, Nev. (AP) — It could soon be illegal to text while driving in Nevada.

The Senate on Saturday agreed to changes made by the Assembly to SB140. The bill now heads to Gov. Brian Sandoval.

The bill makes it illegal to punch information into a global positioning system, and any wireless device that requires a driver to remove their hands from the wheel. Hands-free devices are allowed under the bill.

It carries fines of $50 for the first offense, $100 for the second and $250 for the third and subsequent offenses.

It would take effect in January, following a three-month public education campaign during which police would issue warnings.

The Nevada Department of Public Safety says distracted driving caused 57 fatal car accidents and more than 7,000 injury accidents between 2005 and 2009.

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