Huntsville's Ban on Texting While Driving Could Pass Tonight

Mayor Tommy Battle's proposed ban on texting while driving in Huntsville is up for a vote at tonight's City Council meeting, and it appears that it has the votes necessary to pass. Battle, an outspoken advocate for limits on multi-tasking behind the wheel, has pointed out that texting drivers are 23 times more likely to get into car accidents than drivers who are not distracted.

The new ordinance would ban not just the sending of text messages, but would also make it illegal for drivers in Huntsville to "send, receive, download or view" text messages, e-mails, digital photos, videos or even music. The ban does not prohibit cell phone use while driving.

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