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Published October 27, 2010, 09:15 AM

Bismarck Passes Texting Ban

Bismarck has banned texting while driving.

By: Associated Press,

BISMARCK, N.D. (AP) - Bismarck has banned texting while driving.

The City Commission approved the ordinance on Tuesday. It takes effect immediately.

It prohibits operating a motor vehicle within city limits while using a wireless communication device to read, view, write or send an electronic message or information. Violators will be fined $50.

The law has some exemptions, such as for law enforcement officers performing official duties. Using GPS devices for navigation also is allowed.

Grand Forks also has a ban on texting while driving, with a lighter fine of $15.