Bill Passed by Assembly Would Increase Fines for Texting While Driving

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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.