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Representative Files Bill to Increase Texting & Driving Penalties

LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas legislator files a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving.
LITTLE ROCK, Ark. -- An Arkansas legislator files a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving.

Arkansas passed a law against texting while driving back in 2009, but added no penalties, only a warning for the first offense.

Now Arkansas State Representative David Fielding is trying to change that by filing a bill pushing for more stringent penalties on texting while driving.

"The first offense is a $200 fine and up to 30 days suspension of license, second offense is a $300 fine," Fielding says.

That would cost you 90 days without your license, while a third offense would result in a $500 fine and one year suspension of your license.
  
The bill has gone to committee.
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