Alabama Committee Approves Texting While Driving Ban

By: The Associated Press
By: The Associated Press

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.

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  • by jerry jumper Location: meridian ms on Feb 13, 2012 at 08:44 PM
    i think meridian needs to do the same thing befor some body gets killed if they get mad so be it make it a law
  • by dirty driver on Feb 10, 2012 at 05:39 PM
    Who am I? The one someone doesn't want coming up behind them when they are chatting or texting and driving to slow. The one who's patience is gone with inconsiderate, rude, selfish people.
  • by Annoyed Location: Meridian on Feb 10, 2012 at 09:13 AM
    MS needs to ban talking and texting while driving... I mean who are you talking too and what is so important that you have to endanger not only yourself but other motorists. We also need to ban walking through grocery store yakking on phones. Dragging around in the way not paying attention to anything but your phone... you are not that important~!
  • by dirty driver on Feb 10, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    it needs to be national. hands free also and bigger fines. I have become so intolerant of people on the cellphone when they are driving that I do not move or give way anymore. i have made more then one go on the shoulder. any accident will be their fault because the were not paying attention and cell phone records will prove it. if they get mad, thats what the 2nd ammendment is for. their only concern is their conversation, they dont care that they are driving to slow or weaving putting people in danger.
  • by MS Location: MS on Feb 9, 2012 at 04:04 PM
    Now MS needs to follow and then both need to go to hands free talking only........Save some lives....
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