What Are Alabama’s Distracted Driving Laws?

Alabama, like most states, has a law that prohibits texting while driving. Even though police can pull you over if you’re texting while driving in our state, the number of fatal distracted driving accidents hasn’t decreased. Distracted driving-related crashes and deaths, on the other hand, continue to climb.

Every year, over 155,000 car accidents occur in Alabama. And the vast majority of these are easily avoidable distracted driving errors. That’s why always keeping your hands at 10 and 2 and your eyes on the road is all you can do behind the wheel. 

Alabama became the 38th state to prohibit texting while driving in 2012. In 2019, a measure was introduced that made using a handheld cell phone while driving illegal for all drivers. Unfortunately, it was never signed into law after passing through the state House since it did not receive the necessary Senate approval. 

The State Of Alabama Now Solely Prohibits:

All drivers who use text messaging, the internet, and rivers under 18 should not use cell phones. Nonetheless, local legislators have been attempting to make driving while using a portable device illegal. While recent attempts to pass this law have failed, legislators remain committed to the cause.

The bill passed the Alabama House but was not adopted by the Alabama Senate. So, for the time being, talking on your phone while driving is still legal. Proponents of “hands-free” regulations, on the other hand, refer to the fact that distracted driving deaths have decreased in Georgia since the state approved a hands-free law in 2018.

You will be fined $25 for your first infraction. The second offense will cost you $50, and each subsequent violation will cost you $75. You’ll also receive two points on your driver’s license for each offense. If you accumulate 12 points on your license in two years, your request may be suspended. Fines for youth under 18 are harsher, with penalties ranging from $150 to $350.

Fines and points aren’t the only repercussions of driving while preoccupied. When distracted drivers cause collisions, they may be held accountable for the damage to other vehicles and injuries to other drivers, motorcyclists, bicyclists, and pedestrians. All you have to do is consult with a professional law team such as Farris, Riley & Pitt, LLP, for your help.