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Fri February 6, 2009
WVAS Local

Alabama Lawmakers Ponder Bill Banning Texting While Driving

Montgomery,Alabama – MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - A legislative committee has voted to ban
text messaging while driving in Alabama.
The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill by Rep. Jim
McClendon on Thursday without any dissent.
That bill drew support from the National Safety Council. It
would levy a $25 fine for a first violation. The bill now goes to
the House for consideration. The Republican representative from
Springville says the bill has a good chance of passing because
people see text messaging as a dangerous distraction.
The Public Safety Committee killed another bill by McClendon
that would have banned the use of hand-held cell phones while
driving.