Hands Free Runs off Road in Alabama Legislature

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BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WBRC) -The Alabama legislature appears unwilling to pass a bill prohibiting holding cell phones while driving. The push to make drivers give up their cell phones died in this session of the Alabama legislature. The bill came up Thursday, but after a short debate, the Alabama House of Representatives adjourned. The bill is not on the schedule next week.

The Hands Free bill is named after 17-year-old Camryn Callaway of Alabaster. Authorities said Callaway died when her car collided into the back of an 18 wheeler while she was texting and driving. Callaway’s mother, Michelle Lunsford, has been pushing the bill in Montgomery and was optimistic that it would pass.

Georgia passed law in May requiring drivers to use hands free devices. But republican and democratic lawmakers appear opposed to passing the restriction here in Alabama.

Lunsford is disappointed but vows not to give up. “There are so many people that are on board with this that lost their children or lost their husband. They are disabled. I know a lady whose daughter is disabled forever because someone was texting and hit her and broke her neck,” Lunsford said.

Lunsford is especially grateful for House sponsors like McCalla Representative Allen Farley and Representative K.L. Brown of Jacksonville for trying to get the bill passed.

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