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.