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Texting and driving ban tops agenda in Ala. House

Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, Ala. - (AP) - Proposed legislation to ban people from sending or receiving text messages while driving is in line to come up for debate on the Alabama House floor.

The bill by Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville will be near the top of the work agenda when the House convenes Thursday.

The bill calls for fining 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 can 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.

A similar bill was approved on an 8-1 vote by the Senate Judiciary Committee Wednesday.

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