Rhode Island Proposal Calls For Tough Texting and Driving Penalties

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In Rhode Island, one lawmaker is concerned that drivers aren’t taking the state’s anti-texting and driving legislation seriously enough.  She thus has introduced a bill in the House that would make the penalties for texting at the wheel far stricter than they currently are.  If the bill is passed as is and an offender is caught texting, he or she would have to install a device that disables one’s ability to text or place or receive a phone call while the vehicle is being driven.  Should an offender refuse to comply with this request and be pulled over for a cellphone violation, they would have to face a year-long suspension of their license.  Any additional offenses would be grounds for a two-year suspension.

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