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Distracted Driving – A Serious Public Safety Issue in Alabama

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Distracted Driving is Deadly

Distracted driving on U.S. roads and highways has become an issue of significant concern. Deadly motor vehicle crashes have increased because the driver is using a cell phone. In an effort to address this growing problem, new laws have been passed across the country to regulate the use of cell phones during the operation of a motor vehicle. Following this trend, Alabama has enacted new laws aimed to reduce distracted driving.

Alabama’s first effort to curb cell phone use behind the wheel came in 2010, when Code of Ala. § 32-6-7.2(c)(3)went into effect. This law states that a handheld communication device may not be used during the operation of a motor vehicle by new drivers. Specifically, this law applies to the following groups of drivers:

  • Alabama drivers who are 16 years of age
  • Alabama drivers who are 17 years of age and have been licensed for less than six months

Two years later, in 2012, Alabama implemented a new law, Code of Ala. § 32-5A-350, which solely addresses the issue of texting while driving. This law states: “A person may not operate a motor vehicle on a public road, street, or highway in Alabama while using a wireless telecommunication device to write, send, or read a text-based communication.” Under this law, a text-based communication includes a text message, instant message, or electronic mail. First-time offenders may face a fine of $25.

While all Alabama drivers are prohibited from texting and driving, and restrictions have been placed on the use of cell phones while driving for novice drivers, many believe that these laws do not prevent distracted driving. According to a government study, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment.

At Cory Watson Attorneys, we believe that texting while driving is as dangerous as drunk driving, and we urge all drivers to stop this reckless activity.

If you or a loved one has been injured as a result of an automobile collision that involved a distracted driver, it is important that you act immediately to protect your rights. Call (877) 562-0000 now or complete the free online consultation form on this page. The attorneys at Cory Watson are experienced in representing victims of negligence and are ready to assist you today.

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