Monday, March 8, 2010

Please contact your Alabama State Senator today!

Passed along for the always-wonderful Tricia Hart and the good of our cycling-challenged state.

"We’re almost there. The most recent development on Alabama House Bill 35, the ban on texting while driving: Senator Myron Penn has agreed to put House Bill 35 on the agenda for next Wednesday’s meeting. It will be the very first item. On Wednesday, the bill should move from the Alabama State Senate Judiciary Committee and be put up for a vote on the Senate Floor.

The offense for violating the ban has been downgraded from a primary offense to a secondary one. Despite that downgrade we are one step closer to a victory against distracted driving, which affects all road users.
When you contact your Senator, tell him:
While all distractions can endanger drivers’ safety, texting is the most alarming because it involves all three types of distraction: taking your hands off the wheel, taking your eyes off the road, and taking your mind off what you’re doing.
19 states have already passed texting bans and others have other/additional requirements. Nationally, this is the time to tackle distracted driving. Let’s not be last in this endeavor.
Find your Alabama State Senator by your zip code: Please call or write today."

Thank you for your efforts in moving this bill through.
Patricia Hart
Patricia Hart, LCI #1862
League of American Bicyclists (LAB)
Legislative Affairs Chairman,
Alabama Bicycle Coalition (AlaBike)

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