SANTA FE (KRQE) - New Mexico is a step closer to adopting a statewide ban on texting while driving.
On Tuesday, the House overwhelmingly approved the plan. It still has to go to the Senate and then to the Governor.
If approved, the fine for texting while driving will be $25. But, in the City of Albuquerque, an existing texting ban costs drivers a $100 for a first offense, then $200 for every subsequent violation.
The Mayor's office tells News 13 that if the new bill passes, APD officers would essentially have the discretion to ticket a texting driver either $25 or $100.
That doesn't sit well with many drivers.
"I don't like that at all," driver Jay Bickford said. "It should just be a standard fine."
Others say Albuquerque should be able to follow it's own law.
"I think that's the state government allowing the municipal government to control its own policing, so I think that's a good thing, because they are going to choose, obviously, the $100 fine," driver Will Morrison said.
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