Texting while driving ban closer to law in GA

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COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) – A ban on texting while driving is one step closer to becoming law in Georgia. It's passed the House and Senate.  All that's left is the Governonor's signature.

Eighteen-year-old Eric Jones admits teens think they are invincible.  

"A lot of teens have this ideal that nothing can happen to me little do they know multitasking while driving can fatal," says Jones. 

Texting while driving is a way of life for many young people.  

"I'm guilty of it but only at red lights and signs and only if it's really important," says Caroline Adams. 

Under the bill; If any teen causes an accident while using a cell phone to talk or text, their driver's license would be suspended for 90 days or until the offender turns 18 for a first offense.  The offender will also be fined $150 and twice that if there's a traffic accident involved.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, if you're texting while driving, it makes you nearly 24 times more likely to be involved in a crash.

"It's a lot more dangerous not just for the person driving but for the passengers, other people on the roadway and pedestrians," says Scott Lacey.