You may soon be required to park and text

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Local lawmakers are considering a ban on texting while driving in the name of safety for Grand Strand motorists, passengers, and pedestrians.

The topic was brought up in a meeting on Monday consisting of the state delegation, Horry County Council, and Myrtle Beach City Council. Thirty-four states already have a ban on texting while driving.    

From the Federal Communications Commissions website:

The  National Highway Traffic Safety Administration reported in 2008 that driver  distraction was the cause of 16 percent of all fatal crashes -- 5,800 people  killed -- and 21 percent of crashes resulting in an injury -- 515,000 people  wounded. According to the American Automobile Association, nearly 50 percent of  teens admit to texting while driving. Distracted driving endangers life and  property and the current levels of injury and loss are unacceptable.

Those resisting a ban cited a need for more options, including a possible focus on education.  To see the full story, head over to the WMBF site here

For more information and a great table of cell and texting use while driving by state, check out the Governors Highway Safety Association's site here.

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