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Bill Proposes To Raise Texting While Driving Fines

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Vermont lawmakers have introduced a bill that would increase fines for texting while driving and other distracted driving offenses.
The bill would raise the penalty for first offenders from the current maximum of $200 to $500, and it would add five points to the offender's driving record.

The Times Argus reports juvenile offenders would not be fined, but would receive five points on his or her record. The bill says minors will lose their learner's permit for 30 days for getting three points and 90 days for getting six points.

Republican Representative Butch Shaw, co-sponsor of the bill, says it would create "serious penalties" for people using hand-held devices while driving.

The bill is currently under review by the House Committee on Transportation.

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