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Maine Governor Paul LePage signed the anti-texting bill with several supporters in attendance (Photo: Maine govt)

Maine on Friday banned texting while driving, in a move to improve safety on the roads of the northeastern U.S. state. Violators will face a 100 dlr fine.

"All too often we see drivers with one hand on the wheel and their attention diverted from the road to a cell phone,” Maine Governor Paul LePage said in a press release. “While many motorists are able to multitask as they drive, the safest driving is done when drivers direct full attention to the road and their surroundings."

U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood applauded the ban, which makes Maine the 33rd U.S. state to ban texting from behind the wheel. Eight U.S. states, the District of Columbia, and the Virgin Islands have prohibited all hand-held cell phone use while driving.

"Distracted driving kills thousands of people every year on our roads and injures hundreds of thousands more,” LaHood said.

In 2009, LaHood launched a national anti-distracted driving campaign to combat the growing trend of dangerous distracted driving behavior in America. The U.S. Department of Transportation has launched a dedicated website, Distraction.gov, to provide the public with a comprehensive source of information on distracted driving.

The law will go into effect 90 days after legislative session ends