Ala. Legislature votes to ban texting while driving - Montgomery Alabama news.

Ala. Legislature votes to ban texting while driving

The Alabama Legislature has voted to ban texting while driving.

The bill by Republican Rep. Jim McClendon of Springville cleared the House 95-0 and the Senate 28-0 Thursday. It now goes to the governor for signing into law.

The bill prohibits sending text messages, instant messages and e-mails while behind the wheel. It provides exceptions for contacting emergency services and for using global position services.

The bill includes a fine of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense and $75 for a third or subsequent offense.

The Governors Highway Safety Association says 37 states already prohibit texting while driving, including two of Alabama's neighbors: Georgia and Tennessee.

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