Texting ban takes effect this week

{} {} A law designed to keep eyes on the road and hands on the wheel takes effect this week.

{} {} The texting ban is one of at least two new laws that go into effect on Wednesday, August first. {}Texting, emailing, and instant messaging while driving will be illegal in Alabama. {}Violators will face fines, and possibly higher insurance rates.

{} {} Lawmakers approved the measure back in April. {}Alabama is the 38th state to ban use of electronic messaging while driving.

{} {} {}The state Department of Public Safety says distracted driving caused more than 1,200 accidents in 2010, and claimed at least five lives.