- Associated Press - Sunday, March 2, 2014

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - A proposal to ban texting while driving in New Mexico has become a state law.

Gov. Susana Martinez signed the bill Sunday afternoon while at the New Mexico Office of the Medical Investigator in Albuquerque.

The proposal will prohibit drivers from sending or reading text messages and emails, or making Internet searches from smartphones or other hand-held wireless devices. There would be a $25 fine for a first violation and $50 for subsequent violations.

The bill would make exceptions for situations such as summoning medical or other emergency aid.

Forty-one other states ban texting by all drivers.

New Mexico already prohibits texting for teenage drivers with a learner’s or provisional license.

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