If one Ridgeland lawmaker has her way, it could soon cost you more to text and drive. District 73 Rep. Jill Ford has introduced a bill that would make operating a cell phone while driving a misdemeanor, and upon conviction, would net drivers a $500 fine. Currently, drivers convicted of texting face a civil penalty and a $100 fine. And rather than just prohibit texting, the bill would amend state statute to make it illegal to use a phone at all while behind the wheel, unless the driver is using a hands-free device.
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