Alabama Closer to Text Messaging Ban for Drivers

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Alabama is getting closer to being the 20th state to ban text messaging while driving.

The Senate Judiciary Committee voted Wednesday to approve a text messaging ban that had passed the House in January.

The same bill died in the committee last year. The committee made some changes in the bill before approving it Wednesday.

The revised bill still makes it against the law to text message while driving, but it requires that a motorist be committing some other offense, such as speeding, before police can stop the vehicle.

The bill's sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville, said he's fine with the change because that's how Alabama initially enacted a seat belt law. The Legislature made it stronger once people got accustomed to buckling up.


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  • by Henry Location: GA on Mar 12, 2010 at 05:42 AM
    Randy, it is surely my wish that I "get old one day", BUT old, feeble, slow-reacting people cause entirely too many accidents - - point blank. I'd take a road of texting any day over not looking both ways before pulling out into the highway. Some look straight ahead and appear to not even realize others are on the same highway.
  • by Randy Location: lauderdale county on Mar 11, 2010 at 04:56 PM
    Henry you are going to get old one day,Texting while driving endangers everyone they share the road with.The elderly try to teach young people not to be stupid.I think I will take my chances sharing the roads with the elderly.
  • by Henry Location: GA on Mar 11, 2010 at 10:13 AM
    I'd like to see laws on the books that revoke licenses from the elderly rather than punishing texters!!!
  • by Randy Location: lauderdale county on Mar 11, 2010 at 03:41 AM
    As much as I hate to see more laws passed,I would love to see this one passed in Mississippi.It is outright dangerous and stupid to text while driving a motor vehicle.They aren't much better than drunk drivers.
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