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Mass. Senate Sends Safe Driving Bill To Governor

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The Massachusetts Senate has given final passage to a bill that would bar texting while driving and require older drivers to pass vision tests every five years.

The legislation approved Friday will now be sent to Gov. Deval Patrick's desk. Patrick has expressed support for the legislation previously.

Those caught texting and driving would face a fine and the suspension of their license or learner's permit under the legislation. The bill completely bans drivers under 18 from using cell phones.

Anyone 18 and older would still be able to use cell phones while driving without facing any penalty.

The final bill was part of a compromise between separately passed House and Senate bills regarding safety measures while driving.

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