Senate passes statewide ban on texting while driving

Senators passed a statewide texting ban on Wednesday that would prohibit drivers from sending texts or e-mails.

Exceptions would allow the use of a global-positioning system or messaging to get emergency help.

The statewide measure would supersede local bans passed in 19 cities and two counties, including Columbia, Greenville and Charleston.

The House would need to also pass the ban and then it would head to the governor’s desk.

Once it becomes law, S.C. police would issue warnings about texting and driving for 180 days. After that period, they could start issuing tickets.