Springfield, Massachusetts has taken a step toward banning texting while driving.
The city council on Monday passed a home rule petition by a 12-1 margin that would allow police to fine anyone who sends or receives text messages while behind the wheel of a vehicle.
The resolution calls for a $100 fine for a first offense, a $200 fine for a second offense and a $300 fine for third or subsequent offenses.
The measure was proposed by City Councilor Jimmy Ferrera who says texting while driving is just as dangerous as driving drunk. He says he hopes enough communities will pass laws to spur lawmakers into passing a statewide ban.
The measure now goes to the mayor. If he approves, it still must get the endorsement of the state Legislature.
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