ATHENS, Ala. (AP) - The Athens City Council has unanimously approved an ordinance that bans text messaging while driving.
The ordinance approved Monday does not ban using a cell phone to
make or receive calls, using radios and CBs or using a navigational
system that is pre-programmed.
Decatur, Huntsville and Madison have approved similar bans.
City attorney Shane Black said police can't stop a motorist solely on the suspicion of using a device.
Officers can stop a motorist they see using a device or a motorist driving recklessly, such as swerving.
The fine for violation is $100 or 10 days in jail for the first conviction, $200 or 30 days in jail for a second conviction, and $500 or three months jail for the third conviction.