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Gov. to sign bill banning texting while driving

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A user holds a Blackberry 8700. Gov. Pawlenty says he will sign a bill that bans text messaging while driving.
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Gov. Tim Pawlenty said he plans to sign a bill that would prohibit texting while driving.

Drivers would be prohibited from writing, reading or sending electronic messages. A violation would be a petty misdemeanor. 

The bill's sponsor, Rep. Frank Hornstein, DFl-Minneapolis, said Minnesota will be the third state to ban texting while driving. He said the practice is a safety hazard. 

"And we have a statistic that is especially concerning to me that one out of every three teen drivers regularly texts while they drive, and for that reason, I think it's very important that we move forward with legislation like this."

The texting ban is part of a transportation measure that also creates new restrictions on teen drivers.