Alabama House Passes Texting While Driving Bill

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

The Alabama House has voted to ban drivers from sending or reading text messages while operating a
motor vehicle on Alabama roads.

The bill passed the House on a 92-0 vote Tuesday and now goes to the Senate for debate.

The traffic safety measure has been introduced for several years by Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville.

Last session it passed the House, but died in the Senate.

An identical bill has already been approved by a Senate committee this session.

McClendon says he believes texting is a major distraction for drivers and banning texting while driving will save lives.

The bill calls for fining drivers $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second offense and $75 the third time caught texting while driving.

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  • by Will Location: Meridian on Mar 2, 2012 at 11:44 AM
    As well intentioned as this is it won't stop anything. If anything it will make it more dangerous as people will try and hold the cell phone down and out of sight. Just like the War on Drugs this will create an increasingly dangerous situation.
  • by Renee Location: Meridian on Feb 23, 2012 at 09:44 AM
    We need this law in Ms, however I agree with stmts above...stiffer fines, law enforcement should be under same law,& they should look at cell during stop & record date, phone # & time of call on ticket!!!!! This is dangerous and is KILLING PPL
  • by cw on Feb 23, 2012 at 08:47 AM
    I agree it is a great idea,but who will police the police and politicians that do it as well,are they not included in this law as well?
  • by bama on Feb 21, 2012 at 08:28 PM
    Good, its about time. I think the fines should be alot higher. Maybe $100,$300,and $500. How about taking thier license for a while on the third offense?
  • by bearhunter on Feb 21, 2012 at 07:49 PM
    Now Mississippi needs to do it. It will be hard to enforce. If they get pulled over and lie saying they weren't on the phone, the only way to prove it would be to pull phone records from their service provides. And I can just see the law suits now on invasion of privacy and of course racism for some. It will be interesting to see. They should make the fines a lot more though.
  • by Anonymous on Feb 21, 2012 at 05:29 PM
    I agree it's dangerous to text while driving. But I don't know how you enforce that kind of law.
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