Alabama texting and driving

Indicted House Speaker Mike Hubbard is back in court for another hearing ahead of his fall trial on felony ethics charges.

Lee County Circuit Judge Jacob Walker heard arguments and testimony today on various motions in the case.

Hubbard's defense team wants to dismiss the case. They argue there was prosecutorial misconduct. They also believe Attorney General Luther Strange did not have the authority to select an acting attorney general when he stepped aside from the case.

Alabama state police say they've issued 59 citations for texting-while-driving since a ban went into effect Aug. 1.

The Montgomery Advertiser reported the year-to-date numbers (http://on.mgmadv.com/RS0lnK ).

Alabama State Patrol officials say they issued the 59 citations, and they've only heard of seven citations being written by other law enforcement agencies in the state.

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Law officers in some eastern Alabama jurisdictions have yet to issue any citations under the state's new law banning texting and driving.

The law went into effect on Aug. 1.

The Anniston Star reports (http://bit.ly/Rkz1er) that the Anniston, Jacksonville and Oxford police departments and the Calhoun County Sheriff's Office all said they've issued no citations for the offense.