The House Transportation Committee today approved a ban on texting while driving.”After teaching students to drive for 30 years, I understand the dangers of distracted driving and know the importance of responsibility on our roadways. The common sense, bi-partisan bill we approved today will prevent accidents and save lives,” said State Representative Curt Hanson of Fairfield, who helped craft the bill.

House File 2021, which was approved on a 20-1 vote, prohibits text messaging while driving a motor vehicle. Violators will be charged with a simple misdemeanor and a $30 fine. If texting is the cause of an accident that results in serious injury or death, penalties increase up to a $1,000 fine and 180 day license suspension.

The bill now goes to the full House for consideration.