Text ban sent to Granholm for signature

LANSING, Mich. (AP) — Legislation to ban the use of cell phones to send text messages or e-mail while driving in Michigan should soon be on the way to Gov. Jennifer Granholm for her signature.

The Michigan House passed the third and final bill in a texting ban package by a 82-22 vote Wednesday. The Senate already has passed the bill so it should be sent to Granholm this week.

The main bills in the package were passed by the Legislature earlier this month. Granholm is expected to sign the legislation. The ban would start July 1.

A first offense would cost $100 and repeat offenses would cost $200. No points would be added to a driver’s record. Texting would be a primary offense, meaning police could pull over motorists for texting alone.

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