Legal Spat Kills Texting Ban in Alabama

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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.