No More Bus Drivers Texting?

By  | March 18, 2012 | Filed under: News

MONTGOMERY – Alabama may join the ranks of states banning cell phone use by school bus drivers under a bill approved by the state House of Representatives.

The legislation sponsored by Rep. Joe Hubbard, a Montgomery Democrat, would allow bus drivers to use their phones only in the case of emergency or if parked or pulled over securely on the side of the road. The measure passed the House on Wednesday.

Hubbard says the issue came to his attention when a constituent called with concerns that a cell phone-using bus driver was not paying attention to the road when transporting her child.

Nineteen other states and the District of Columbia have similar bans.

Some lawmakers say bus drivers may be fearful of using their phones if emergencies aren’t well-defined.

Source: wire services

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