ANCHORAGE - A new state law gives drivers a reason to pay closer attention to the road and not their electronics devices.
Gov. Sarah Palin signed a bill Monday making it a misdemeanor to watch a DVD, send a text message or tinker with an iPod while driving.
However, should these devices distract a driver who ultimately injures or kills another, the crime then becomes a felony.
The law goes into effect Sept. 1.
People can still check their cars' global positioning screen and talk on a cell phone while driving.
A fatal accident six years ago on Seward Highway prompted the new law.
In that case, authorities accused a driver of watching a DVD when his car collided with another vehicle, killing two people. He was acquitted.
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