Alabama Governor Signs Law Banning Texting While Driving
May 18th, 2012|
May 18, 2012
In an effort to save lives, Alabama Governor Robert Bentley has signed a bill making it illegal to text and drive in Alabama.
Sending a text message has been proven to take a driver’s eye off the road for an average of 4.6 seconds, which for a driver traveling at 55 mph is like driving the length of a football field, blindfolded.
Alabama is the 38th state to adopt such a law, which was worked on by Representative Jim McClendon for six years before it won legislative approval.
Al.com reports that the new law, which goes into effect August 1, forbids the sending of text messages, instant messages, and emails while driving. It is, however, still permissible to make phone calls while driving.
Offenders will be fined $25 the first time, $50 the second time, and $75 for the third time and any subsequent offenses. Each offense will count as a two-point violation on a driver’s record.
Bentley has said that “even though the penalties are not great,” the law is designed to remind people not to text and drive.
Distraction.gov reports that you’re 23 times more likely to crash if you’re texting while driving, and that texting while driving is the most alarming distraction of all because it causes manual, visual and cognitive distractions.