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Ala House Panel Votes To Ban Texting While Driving

Montgomery, AL – The Alabama Legislature has taken the first step toward banning drivers from sending or writing a text message while operating a vehicle on a public road.

The House Public Safety Committee approved a bill Wednesday that would fine a driver $25 for the first conviction for texting while driving. A driver would be fined $50 for a second conviction and $75 for each subsequent violation. The committee amended the bill to require the driver to pay court costs if convicted.

The bill would also cause one point to be charged to the record of the driver. A person can lose his or her license after accumulating 12 points.

A similar bill passed the House last year, but died in the Senate.

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