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House expected to debate texting and driving ban

Alabama lawmakers will debate a bill to ban reading text messages while driving. Alabama lawmakers will debate a bill to ban reading text messages while driving.

By BOB JOHNSON
Associated Press

MONTGOMERY, AL (AP) - A bill to ban drivers from sending or reading text messages while operating a motor vehicle is expected to come up for debate shortly after the House comes into session Tuesday afternoon.

The traffic safety measure has been introduced for several years by Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville. Last session it passed the House, but died in the Senate.

McClendon says he believes texting is a major distraction for drivers and banning texting and driving would save lives. But some legislators have expressed concern that it would be difficult for law enforcement officers to enforce the ban.

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.

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