New texting while driving bill

Take your fingers off the phone's keypad and put them back on the wheel.

Alaska's new bill banning texting while driving goes into effect Friday. Governor Sean Parnell signed the bill into law Thursday.

Lawmakers in 2008 passed legislation intended to ban texting while driving though it didn't say texting in the law. A magistrate in Kenai last year ruled the Legislature should have been explicit if it meant to prohibit the activity.

The bill passed by lawmakers during this year's regular session states that a person commits the crime of driving while texting if he or she reads or types a text or other nonvoice message or communication on a cell phone, computer or something similar while driving.