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Published June 15, 2010, 08:53 PM

GF Committee Members Talk About Texting Ban

Texting while driving could soon be illegal in Grand Forks.

Texting while driving could soon be illegal in Grand Forks.

Tonight the Service Safety committee looked at a proposed city ordinance.

If approved, the ordinance would ban texting while driving but not talking on the phone while driving.

It also would only pertain to the driver, not passengers in the car or someone sitting in a parked car.

Grand Forks City Attorney Howard Swanson says the law resembles the one that North Dakota lawmakers considered last session, but ultimately voted down.

Swanson says, “This particular ordinance is a very common draft. I think in the information I provided to you, there are 28 states and the District of Columbia that have prohibitions on texting while driving in one form or another.”

Swanson says he's not sure how much the citation would cost if you were caught texting while driving, but normally a non-criminal traffic violation costs ten or twenty dollars.

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