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Apr 22, 2013 7:02 PM by Associated Press

Bill bans teen drivers from hands-free texting

SACRAMENTO, Calif. (AP) - Drivers under age 18 would be banned from texting while driving even if they use hands-free devices under a cleanup bill approved by the state Senate.

The California Association of Highway Patrolmen says a bill passed last year did not specifically exempt teenagers when it allowed drivers to use voice-operated and hands-free devices to dictate, send or listen to text messages while driving.

Democratic Sen. Cathleen Galgiani of Stockton says her bill, SB194, would close that loophole.

Republican Sen. Bob Huff of Diamond Bar supports limiting the possible distractions for inexperienced drivers. As a father of four, Huff says he knows that "there's no more social creature in the world than a teen."

The bill was approved on a 35-3 vote Monday and was sent to the Assembly.

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