Texting while driving ban becomes law

MADISON, AL (WAFF) – Some Madison students got a refresher course Monday on a new law banning texting while driving.

Bob Jones High School showed a video to the entire school  to raise awareness of the new law, consequences for violating the law along with the dangers of driving while texting.

The ordinance makes it illegal for drivers to "send, receive, download or view" text messages, e-mails, photos, videos and music or to manipulate GPS navigation units while your vehicle is in motion in Madison and Huntsville.

Here are a few examples of what the new law prohibits:

  • Reading or sending text messages or e-mails
  • Actively manipulating a smart phone, laptop, electronic tablet computer or netbook
  • Reading from an electronic device such as a Kindle
  • Entering commands into a GPS navigation device

However, it does not prohibit cell phone use while driving.

Police can ticket violators on a first offense.  It could cost violators hundreds of dollars if they're caught repeatedly.

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