Texting while driving could make its way towards being outlawed in the near future.
The Alaska House Finance Committee approved House Bill 255, which makes it a crime to text while driving.
The bill’s next step moves to the Rules Committee, and if that passes, onto the House floor.
Anchorage Democratic Sen. Les Gara sponsored the bill, saying that it’s just as dangerous as drunk driving.
The law would not affect emergency services personnel, those looking at mapping software, and taxi drivers looking at electronic screens.
Under the bill, texting while driving would be a misdemeanor, with penalties of up to one year in jail and a ten thousand dollar fine.