Proposed Alabama texting ban makes a move forward

It was almost two months ago already when we included a post suggesting that 2012 might be the year for texting while driving to be banned in Alabama. Safety efforts to curb distracted driving accidents have spread throughout the country, and now local safety advocates continue their fight to make Alabama roads safer from the recklessness of texting behind the wheel.

According to reports, on Tuesday this week the proposal to ban texting and reading texts behind the wheel passed successfully, with a unanimous vote, through the Alabama House. That means that it's one step closer to potentially becoming Alabama traffic law, though it needs the approval of the Senate next.

Will the history of other similar distracted driving bills repeat itself this time around? An anti-texting bill passed in the House last year but then failed to move through the Senate. But a year can make a big difference, and some who voted against the bill last year are voting differently this session, speaking out against the distracted driving that they've witnessed on the roads.

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