An Alabama House committee has approved a bill that would ban sending or reading text messages while driving.
The bill by Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville passed the House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee Wednesday.
It would fine drivers $25 for the first offense, $50 for
the second offense and $75 the third time caught texting while driving.
Drivers would also receive one point on the driver's license for each citation. Twelve points could cause a driver to lose his or her driver's license.
Last session, the proposed texting ban passed the House and died in the Senate.
McClendon says texting while driving is as dangerous as driving drunk. The bill goes to the full House for debate.