NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- A Tennessee House subcommittee has killed a legislative proposal to ban text messaging while driving.
The Public Safety and Rural Roads Subcommittee on Tuesday moved the legislation sponsored by Rep. Jon Lundberg, a Bristol Republican, to a summer study committee.
Current law already bans drivers on a learner's permit or an intermediate license from using a cell phone while in motion, unless there is an emergency. That law also applies to school bus drivers.
The measure sought to make it a misdemeanor for any driver to read or write text messages while driving. The fine would have been $50.
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