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      Texting while driving ban to take effect Wednesday

      Alabama's texting while driving ban takes effect Wednesday.{}

      Texting, emailing, and instant messaging while driving will be illegal, and drivers will face fines of{}$25 for a first offense, $50 for a second, and $75 for a third plus court costs and two penalty points on a driver's license.{}

      "We've always seen distracted driving in terms of eating, reading a roadmap, and putting on makeup," said Alabama State Trooper Curtis Summerville.

      He added: "Our goal, again, is to save lives. And that's what we want to do, so we will enforce it in a professional manner. Of course, we will use discretion about enforcing it as we do with any laws."

      Alabama will become the 38th state to adopt a texting while driving law.{}

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