Alabama House votes down distracted driving bill

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MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) – Alabama lawmakers won’t debate a bill that would prohibit drivers from reading or petting their dog while behind the wheel.

The Alabama House on Thursday voted down legislation that would make distracted driving a ticket-worthy offense.

While the state already has a driving law prohibiting texting and driving, the bill would expand the definition of distracted driving. Other types of distractions banned while driving would include writing and personal grooming.

Bill sponsor Alan Harper says a driver who takes their eyes off the road could be cited for distracted driving. A person cited for distracted driving would be fined $25 for the first violation, $50 for a second and $75 for a third.

Lawmakers asked how many lawsuits might accompany car accidents related to distracted driving.