Statewide texting while driving ban begins July 1

Updated: 06/29/2014 10:41 PM | Created: 06/29/2014 10:16 PM
By: Elizabeth Reed,

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.

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