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Bill Banning Texting While Driving Concerns Some

PRIVACY LAW—U.S.

February 7, 2011

A bill headed to the Mississippi House of Representatives that would ban texting while driving is raising privacy concerns, Justice News Flash reports. The bill passed the senate last week with only two lawmakers voting against it. It would extend Mississippi's ban on texting while driving from young drivers to all drivers, carrying a misdemeanor charge and a $500-$1,000 fine, depending on whether an accident occurred as a result. Sen. Terry Brown (R-Columbus) is concerned about privacy, however. "A law officer could read a person's text message after an individual was pulled over. Are they going to confiscate your cell phone for evidence?" Brown questioned.
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