Efforts to increase penalties for texting while driving

The Tennessee state House has narrowly passed a bill to increase penalties for texting while driving in Tennessee.
    
Texting behind the wheel is currently considered a non-moving violation, punishable by a $50 fine. The bill sponsored by Republican Rep. Ron Lollar of Bartlett would make it a moving violation that could require driver education course and four points issued against the driver’s license.
    
Tennessee suspends licenses for drivers who amass 12 points a year.
    
The House voted 52-36 to pass the measure. Bills need at least 50 votes to clear the lower chamber.
    
The Senate is scheduled to vote on the bill on Wednesday.
 

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