Texting while driving ban also includes Facebook, Twitter & Emails

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Texting while driving became illegal earlier this month in South Carolina.

And the ban has residents like Kerry Hanson thinking twice before texting and driving.

"Especially with the new law passing and everything, nobody wants a ticket," said Hanson.

There's a 180 day grace period from the day the state passed the law on June 9 until citations can be given out, according to Master Corporal Shannon Toole, with the Myrtle Beach Police Department.

For a first offense it will cost $25, Toole said. For a second offense it will cost $50.

Toole said the texting ban includes sending emails, being on Facebook or Twitter, as well as texting.

Toole said officers will be trained to enforce the law by looking at certain body motions and behaviors.

"We're watching our mirrors, both the ones on the outsides and insides of the car; watching the traffic behind you and around you," Toole said.

The only time texting is allowed is if you're legally parked or stopped.

"It's the law as it's written and that's what we are going to uphold," said Toole.

Hanson believes the roads will become safer with the texting ban.

"I think it will help. It will help a lot of accidents and stuff at the intersection too I believe," Hanson said.

Sam Gortney who rides around on his motorcycle said the ban is especially meaningful to him because he's on a motorcycle, and doesn't have an exterior or airbag to protect him.

"When you see the stats on the accidents, and it's happening more and more you know it makes you think about it. I'm really happy it passed," said Gortney.

GPS and using voice commands are still allowed under the ban.