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Lawmakers Consider Texting Ban While Driving

SANTA FE (AP) - New Mexico lawmakers want motorists to pay attention to the road rather a text message.  

A bill approved by the House on Thursday will prohibit composing, sending or reading a text message while driving.  If the measure is enacted, a $25 fine will be imposed for violations of the ban.  

Several states, including California and Louisiana, currently ban texting while driving.  

The proposed testing ban will not apply to using a GPS device in a car to get directions. Texting while driving will be allowed to summon emergency help or to report crimes.  The House approved the texting ban on a 35-24 vote and sent the bill to the Senate.

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