Hands-free driving bill passes Alabama House committee

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (WIAT) — Alabama drivers are one step closer to going hands-free. 

An Alabama House committee cleared a bill banning people from driving while holding a cellphone, with some exceptions. While it’s already illegal to text while driving, bill proponents say enforcing that law has been a challenge. 

Rep. Allen Farley, R-McCalla, introduced the bill following testimony from a woman whose daughter died in a distracted driving incident last year. Farley, a retired law enforcement professional, believes the bill will reduce traffic-related fatalities. Farley’s bill comes after a similar one introduced in the Senate by Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville. 

Drivers in violation of the proposed law would pay a $50 fine for the first offense, $100 for the second, and $150 for the third. Exceptions include using the phone as a navigational tool or a means to call 911 and first responders.

Georgia enacted a hands-free driving law last year, joining 14 other states with similar laws.

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