Legal spat killed Ala. texting while driving ban

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - Drivers can keep sending text messages while traveling Alabama's highways because a fight between an insurance company and lawyers in the state Senate killed a bill to ban the dangerous practice.

Democratic Sen. Roger Bedford and some other lawyers in the Senate insisted the bill include language making sure any texting driver is presumed negligent for causing a traffic accident. Alfa insurance company opposed that. Alfa Services General Manager Paul Pinyan says that language has not been in any other Alabama traffic law and it created a lot of unknowns. Pinyan says Alfa supported a straightforward ban.

The sponsor, Republican Rep. Jim McClendon, says the bill will be back next year.

(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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  • by JW Location: Dothan on Apr 29, 2010 at 05:49 PM
    How can you drive safely when you're looking at your phone texting messages? They need to pass a law and ban this, it would be easy to prove that you were texting at the time of an accident, all you'd have to do would be to look at what time the text message was sent. I'm sorry but there are too many crappy drivers in this town as it is, not to mention the people who won't keep their eyes on the road because they just HAVE to send someone a text.
  • by Randy Location: Dothan on Apr 28, 2010 at 09:06 AM
    Do we really need a new law when the ones we already have are not doing enough good already. For instance speeding, turning with no signal, failure to make a complete stop, running red lights, & ect. Also if the person texting is also breaking a law that is already on the books like speeding or not staying in their lane why not just cite them for that & be done with it. Do that enough & they ought to get the message even without the new law.
  • by Hillbilly Location: Columbia on Apr 27, 2010 at 07:27 AM
    Being distracted for just a few seconds can cause an accident, not 'just ' involving the person texting. I for one would appreciate being protected by a law that the texter was commiting a crime when they ran me over! If this was something that only affected the individual texting then so be it, but that isn't the case. Innocent people are killed by a deadly weapon (car) when people are texting and driving.
  • by rodsmith on Apr 26, 2010 at 05:15 PM
    i'm going to go the other way. putting that in the bill killed and it and it seems it needed killing. sorry in this country your innocent TILL proven guilty. this is the same kind of criminal stupidity that has illegal law after law being passed around the nation
  • by Hillbilly Location: Columbia on Apr 26, 2010 at 03:36 PM
    This is one of the most dangerous things anyone can do while driving! Yet our state legislators have let the bill slip thru the cracks???? What is wrong with this picture? Maybe we need to clean house literally and vote in some folks that will function under pressure.
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