Distracted driving on U.S. roads and highways has become an issue of significant concern because of the increase in deadly motor vehicle crashes occurring because the driver is using a cell phone or other electronic device. In an effort to address this growing problem, new laws have been passed across the country to regulate the use of cell phones and other wireless devices during the operation of a motor vehicle. Following this trend, Alabama has enacted new laws aimed to reduce distracted driving.
- Alabama drivers who are 16 years of age; and
- 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 one government statistic, approximately 660,000 drivers are using cell phones or manipulating electronic devices while driving at any given daylight moment. At Cory Watson, 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. The attorneys at Cory Watson, P.C. are experienced in representing victims of negligence and are ready to assist you today.