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.