State Troopers Issue 59 Texting Citations in 2012


By CBS 8 News

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

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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.


The texting-white-driving law, sponsored by Springville Republican Rep. Jim McClendon, was signed by Gov. Robert Bentley in May. It provides for a fine of $25 for a first offense, $50 for a second and $75 for each subsequent offense. Each conviction would carry a two-point penalty on a license.


Drivers can send text messages through voice-activated software, and may use the device while parked on a shoulder, or to summon emergency services.



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scott cheney said on Wednesday, Dec 26 at 3:34 PM

this law is a joke. How many people have to be injured or killed before they start enforcing this? And, someone should do a story on how bad the distracted driving by the police and what are they doing to stop the officers from doing it. One death or injury is way to many.

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