Texting while driving now illegal in Alabama

(WTVM) - Texting, e-mailing and instant messaging while you drive is now officially illegal in Alabama.

A ticket for texting while driving will include a fine and could increase your car insurance rates.

State Troopers say distraction by an electronic communication device caused more than 1,200 accidents in Alabama in 2010 and killed five people.

Drivers caught texting and driving will get a ticket and be fined $25 for the first offense, $50 for the second, and $75 for the third and subsequent offenses.

Drivers will also have to pay any court fees associated with the tickets.

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