DUI-E bill increases penalties for distracted driving

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COLUMBIA, S.C. (WACH)-- Checking a text or even talking on the phone while you are driving could cost you even more if a proposal becomes law at the State House.

The Driving Under the Influence of an Electronic Device Bill ramps up what's already the law when it comes to texting and driving and lawmakers want stricter penalties.

Under this plan, it would be against the law to just hold a phone or electronic device while you're behind the wheel.

That includes when you are at a traffic light or stop sign.

Currently there is a texting and driving law in South Carolina that carries at $25 fine, the new bill would increase that fine by four times as much.

The proposal is still be discussed in committee and needs to be passed by the House and Senate.

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