'Text Driving' bill supported by representatives

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Most members of the Alabama Legislature say they support a bill to make it illegal to send text messages and drive at the same time.

In an Associated Press survey of lawmakers, 81 percent of House members responding said they would support the proposed legislation by Rep. Jim McClendon, a Republican from Springville.

One percent were opposed and 18 percent said they were undecided. In the Senate, 77 percent said they would support the bill, while 10 percent were opposed and 13 percent undecided.

Responding to the survey were 70 percent of House members and 94 percent of senators.

McClendon says text messaging while driving is dangerous because it causes a person to take his or her eyes off the road.

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