Updated: 06/29/2014 10:41 PM |
Created: 06/29/2014 10:16 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed, KOB.com
New Mexico's statewide ban on texting while driving goes into effect on Tuesday, July 1.
Drivers caught sending or reading text messages or emails will be fined $25 for the first violation. Repeat offenders face a fine of $50.
The new law also bans drivers from making searches from smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices. There are some exceptions to this law, like summoning medical or other emergency aid.
New Mexico is the 42nd state to ban texting to all drivers.