Alabama lawmakers are proposing legislation that would ban holding a cell phone while driving.
Rep. Allen Farley, R-McCalla, filed a bill this week, the first opportunity for lawmakers to formally submit bills in advance of the legislative session, which starts March 5. Sen. Jim McClendon, R-Springville, is sponsoring a similar bill in the Senate.
Alabama law currently bans texting while driving but does not ban holding a phone while driving.
Fifteen states and the District of Columbia have bans on holding a phone while driving, according to the National Conference of State Legislatures. One of those is Georgia, where the law took effect in July 2018.
The lawmakers filing the bill say that their bill is modeled after Georgia’s law.