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Ending Texting and Driving

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A national campaign will launch Monday to stop texting and

Linda Durrett lost her nephew a decade ago to distracted driving.

Jeremy Qright was driving with his wife and two year old son when a seventeen year old girl, chatting on her cell phone ran a red light.

Jeremy was killed instantly. The teen didn't even get a scratch.

On Monday, the Department of Transportion will unveil a national campaign., aimed directly at drivers and their smart phones.

Its message is : You text, you drive, you pay.

Texting while driving is still legal in South Carolina, but it's against the law in North Carolina.

Officers can easily spot a distracted driver.

"Usually they're not looking out above the wheel or out thru the windshield they're looking down at the bottom half of the steering wheel or in their lap," said CMPD Officer Michael Retort.

He says he will follow the driver before he pulls them over to make sure they are in fact texting while driving

The fine is $100 plus an almost $200 court fee.

This campaign costs around 8.5 million dollars and will hit tv, radio and social media outlets Monday.

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