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Columbia: Don’t text while driving

Mar 2, 2011 1:05:00 AM - thestate.com
While driving in Columbia, you can make phone calls, look up contacts, look at a map or even play “Angry Birds.”

The only thing you can’t do is text.

Columbia City Council members unanimously approved a law Tuesday night that spends more time telling you what you can do than what you can’t,

“The exceptions in the ordinance all hinge on enforceability,” said Councilman Brian Newman, the chairman of the city’s public safety committee. “We have to focus solely on the things we know we can enforce. … We would hope people would not distract themselves using other functions on their phones.”

State Sen. Glenn McConnell, R-Charleston, said Tuesday that some local driving-while-texting bans — including ones in Camden and Clemson, which allow police to inspect a driver’s cell phone to see whether a message was just transmitted — may be giving police departments power over citizens at traffic stops they don’t have.

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