There is new research about the impact of texting-while-driving from researchers at the University of Alabama at Birmingham School of Public Health. According to the study, out in the August issue of American Journal of Public Health, of drivers in the United States ages 18-64 years, 31 percent reported they had read or sent text or email messages while driving at least once in the 30 days prior. Study officials state some states have banned all drivers from texting while driving, while others have banned only young drivers from this activity. In Alabama, drivers caught texting, messaging or emailing will be ticketed and fined. Alabama is one of 39 states that have a texting and driving ban in place. The law was signed into law back in May of 2012.