Texting-ban supported by AAA

BIRMINGHAM (WBRC) - A bill to implement a state-wide ban on texting while driving was killed in the Senate before it could become a law last year. However, the issue is up before legislators again with the backing of AAA, one of the largest motor clubs in the country.

House Bill 102 seeks to implement a state-wide ban on texting while driving that its supporters believe will become a law this time around.

"It's pretty obvious how dangerous it is so this is something we need," Clay Ingram, a representative with AAA said. "We need to have a law in place to prevent this and to make our roads safe."

About 20 cities across Alabama have adopted their own local texting bans, which Ingram says is a good indicator of the overall support in the state.

If the bill were to pass, the first offense would carry a $25 fine, plus court costs. The second offense would be $50, and the third and subsequent violations would cost you $75.

In Alabama, Athens, Huntsville, Decatur, Scottsboro, Gadsden, Jacksonville and Birmingham already have texting-while-driving bans in place.

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