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Senate rejects texting while driving ban


Senate rejects texting while driving ban

HELENA — A bill to make texting while driving illegal in Montana has failed to pass the state Senate.

Senate Bill 251 would have let police pull a driver over for using a cell phone to send text messages, with a $100 fine for violators.

The Senate rejected the proposal Friday on a 31-18 vote.

Sen. Christine Kaufmann, the Democrat carrying the bill, says texting while driving is a dangerous epidemic in the state and law enforcement needs to be able to stop it.

Those opposing the bill say it is an unenforceable regulation that would create more...

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