Birmingham committee to vote on texting-while-driving ban

BIRMINGHAM, AL (WBRC) - Birmingham City Council members will meet to discuss a possible ban on texting while driving in the city. If approved, the ban would be similar to ordinances adopted by several other Alabama cities. The city council's public safety committee will meet to discuss the proposed ban on Wednesday.

The number of Alabama cities that have banned texting while driving or are considering doing so is growing. It all goes back to the State Legislature's failure to pass a statewide ban two years in a row.

Jacksonville was the first city to pass its own texting ban back in early January. Since then, a number of other cities including Vestavia Hills, Gadsden, Lipscomb and Adamsville have all passed texting bans inside their city limits. A statewide ban on texting while driving is pretty popular in the capitol.
The measure overwhelmingly passed in the House this past spring and during the 2009 legislative session, but for both years, the bill died in the senate.
An ordinance outlawing texting while driving in the Magic City seems to have a lot of support on the city council. If the Public Safety Committee approves the texting ban, it could go to the full council for a vote at next week's meeting.

The committee meets Wednesday at 2:00 p.m.

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