COLUMBIA (WACH, AP) -- People convicted of texting and driving will have to pay a $45 in fines under legislation that is up for debate in a South Carolina Senate committee.
Tuesday, the Senate Judiciary Committee plans to discuss a measure that requires a $20 fine plus a $25 state trauma care fund surcharge if the person is convicted.
The fines can be much higher after court and other surcharges are added. They could also cost a driver a license point.
The measure says that police have to have a clear and unobstructed view of what the driver is doing. And they can't cite drivers who are looking up telephone contacts or dialing their phones.Read previous stories Experts: texting while driving bill needs tweaking Students work to end texting while driving Coroner: Man texting before deadly crash
Police also won't be allowed to take the phone if they stop the driver or use the violation as a reason to search cars.
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(The Associated Press Contributed to this report.)