Gov. Bentley Signs Law Banning Texting While Driving

Montgomery, AL – Texting on Alabama's public roads will soon be prohibited under a law signed Tuesday by Gov. Robert Bentley.

Bentley says he believes the law will save lives, much like the state's statute requiring motorists to wear seat belts.

The bill prohibits sending text messages, instant messages and e-mails while behind the wheel. It provides exceptions for contacting emergency services and for using global position services.

Public Safety Department Director Col. Hugh McCall says 1,256 crashes and five deaths were caused in 2010 by drivers distracted by electronic communication.

The bill includes a fine of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second offense and $75 for a third or subsequent offense.

Alabama becomes the 38th state to ban texting while driving.

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