Legal Spat Kills Texting Ban in Alabama

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

Drivers may keep sending text messages while traveling Alabama's highways because a fight between an insurance company and lawyers in the state Senate killed a bill to ban it.

Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford and some other lawyers in the Senate insisted the bill include language making sure any texting driver is presumed negligent for causing a traffic accident. ALFA Insurance Company opposed that.

ALFA Services general manager, Paul Pinyan, says that language has not been in any other Alabama traffic law and it created a lot of unknowns. Pinyan says ALFA supported a straightforward ban.

The sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim McClendon, says the bill will be back next year.

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  • by joe Location: cullman al. on Nov 23, 2011 at 09:23 PM
    with todays technology in these phones you can do anything with them except eat them for lunch. why not put a little more into them. simply add a car engine running sensor that disables the texting keyboard?
  • by Anonymous on Apr 27, 2010 at 09:51 AM
    I agree texting while driving seems like a violation of common sense. But how could companies who offer cell and texting services possibly stop people from texting while they drive? How could they know when someone's even in a car?
  • by don Location: Lauderdale on Apr 27, 2010 at 09:35 AM
    It seems like the Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford was more interested in getting in his idea about the law rather than trying to protect the people of Alabama. Politicans should stop companies from offering the texting services until the company offers a solution to stop drivers from texting while driving.
  • by veteran Location: lauderdale county on Apr 27, 2010 at 05:19 AM
    a spat between lawyers and the insurance company. now why didnt we see this coming. i cant wait to see if alabama will ever catch up with the rest of the country. next they will have to tackle marrage between brothers and sisters, that will probably never pass either.
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