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Texting while driving will get you two demerit points: Swan

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Drivers caught talking on a cellphone or texting will be dinged with two demerit points as of Aug. 1.

Justice Minister Andrew Swan made the announcement today.

The demerit points will be on top of a $200 fine.

Swan said the increased penalty was needed as not enough Manitobans have given up the habit of using a handheld device while driving.

"Too many drivers have not changed their behaviour," he said.

Demerit points affect the costs of vehicle insurance and renewing a driver's licence.

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