Texting While Driving Outlawed by Legislature in 2012 Session
Something You Should Know
Although you might have heard little about it, the Alabama Legislature approved a bill to impose monetary penalties on anyone driving a motor vehicle who is considered texting while driving. House Billl 2, sponsored by Representative Jim McClendon, R-Springville, Ala. The bill, which went into effect on July 1, 2012, would impose a $25 fine for a first violation, $50 for a second violation and $75 for a third violation. Police enforcing the new law may also "treat a violation of this section as the primary or sole reason for issuing a citation to a driver." So, if a traffic cop sees you looking down intently while driving, chances you'll get stopped.
This will not prevent you from using your GPS navigation system to get around with. However, if you try to program your GPS while driving, that would constitute a violation. The new law notes that, "a conviction of this act shall be entered on the driving record of any individual charged under ths act as a two-point violation."
Piictured left is Rep. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, Ala.
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