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.


Comments are posted from viewers like you and do not always reflect the views of this station.
powered by Disqus
WTOK-TV 815 23rd Ave Meridian, Ms. 39301 Phone: (601) 693-1441
Copyright © 2002-2014 - Designed by Gray Digital Media - Powered by Clickability 92155329 - wtok.com/a?a=92155329
Gray Television, Inc.