The Alabama Legislature should ban folks from text-messaging while driving a motor vehicle, and hopefully the Alabama Legislature will get that job done during the current regular session. A majority of House and Senate members, responding to a survey by the Associated Press, said they favor passing legislation to ban people from sending text messages while driving a motor vehicle.
Seventy-nine percent of Senators responding to the poll favored the bill; 10% were opposed; and 10% undecided. Responding to the survey were 70% of House members and 83% of Senators. If the bill receives final passage, and is signed by Gov. Riley, Alabama would join 19 states that currently ban texting while driving, according to the Governors Highway Safety Association. Another nine states ban texting by young or novice drivers.
The Legislature began its regular session on January 12th, and it will run until the middle of April. Banning texting while driving is a simple issue and it must be addressed. The goal is to prevent deaths and injuries on our highways. When a person sends a text message while driving, others on the highway are put at risk. It’s a pretty dumb thing to do, but smart folks do it. It appears the House and Senate leadership have made this issue a top priority for the session. A bill passed the House on January 19th and is now in the Senate.
Source: Associated Press
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