ROSWELL, N.M. (KRQE-KBIM) - If you're caught sending a text message while driving inRoswell, it could cost you more than $70.
The community is looking into a ban on TWD or Texting WhileDriving.
Right now, 12 states and several other municipalities have lawson the books that ban texting while driving, according to theGovernor's Highway Safety Association.
Roswell could be the next on that list.
The Police Council Committee said the goal is to cut down ondriver distractions and accidents.
Cell phones caused more than 2,500 vehicle fatalities in 2007,according to AAA.
The ordinance would ban text messaging while driving, unless itwas to report a crime or to get emergency help.
Under the proposal, a violator would be fined $50 for a pettymisdemeanor, and would have to pay $28 for a court fee.
If the ban in is passed, police said it will be difficult toenforce, so citations will boil down to the officer'sdiscretion.
"It is called careless driving, the law says you will give yourfull attention to driving and nothing else and we enforce that lawalready," Roswell Police Department Officer Travis Holly said.
Police said the law would not include talking on a cell phone ordialing.
The Roswell City Council could vote on the ordinance as early asJune 11.
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