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Troopers issue 230 texting-while driving tickets in 5 months

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FLORENCE, S.C. (AP) - State troopers have issued 230 texting-while-driving tickets in the first five months of South Carolina's new law.

Highway Patrol Cpl. Sony Collins told the Morning News of Florence (http://bit.ly/1EroQJG ) that he isn't surprised the number is low because troopers have to have a clear view of someone texting before pulling them over for it.

The law that went into effect in December allows drivers to hold phones if they are making a phone call or using a GPS app.

Drivers who violate the law get a ticket that costs $25 for the first offense and $50 for each subsequent offense. No points are put on their driving record.

Information from: Morning News, http://www.scnow.com

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