Bill Passed by Assembly Would Increase Fines for Texting While Driving

The California Assembly has passed legislation that would increase fines for drivers who are caught texting while driving.

Legislators on Thursday approved AB 1646, authored by Assemblyman Jim Frazier (D-Oakley), by a vote of 66-10.

If approved by the Senate and Gov. Jerry Brown, the new law would boost fines for first-time offenders from $20 to $50. Violators would face a $100 fine for each addition infraction.

The bill also mandates that drivers who are cited more than once receive a one-point penalty on their driving record.

Steve Kuzj reports for the KTLA 5 Morning News on Friday, May 16, 2014.