Committee won't back resolution to ban texting while driving

CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Charleston County Council will not be encouraging the South Carolina House of Representatives to create a ban against texting while driving.

In a 5-3 vote, finance committee members voted against resolution banning texting while driving.Dickie Schweers, who voted for the resolution, said drivers who text while behind the wheel create a dangerous situation for all motorists.

"When you put others at risk, is when the government should step in," he said. Although many members agreed that distracted driving is an issue, several pointed out the potential difficulties with enforceability of such a ban.

"There are statutes already on the books, like careless and reckless driving," Elliot Summey said.  "At what point are we going to stop legislating stupidity?"

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