Senior Citizens Pushing for Hands-Free Law in Alabama
MONTGOMERY, AL. – October 29, 2018 (wsfa.com) According to an online news story from wsfa.com, senior citizens in Alabama are pushing for the state to adopt a Hands-Free law similar to that passed in the state of Georgia.*
After losing one of their friends and group members to a distracted driving accident, senior citizens with the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature want Alabama to pass a Hands-Free law. Frances Phelps was a 96-year-old member of the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature when a driver on a cell phone struck her vehicle.
“She might have been 96, but that was just years,” said Alabama Silver Haired Legislature member Sue Tedford. “She was active to the day that she was killed."
In July 2018, Georgia’s Hands-Free law went into effect. The Hands-Free Georgia Act is a piece of legislation that bans the use of all hand-held electronic devices while driving in the state. Drivers who want to use their cell phones in Georgia have to use hands-free technology. Phelps’s friends and colleagues in the Silver Haired Legislature have heard about Georgia’s law and want something similar to come to Alabama.
“It appears to us, when people are swerving and dodging, that they might not be under the influence of alcohol, but they’re under the influence of technology,” said Rep. Steve Griffin, speaker of the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature. “And they’re actually dodging and driving worse than a drunk person.”
Sixteen states in the U.S., including Georgia, have Hands-Free laws on the books. The Alabama Silver Haired Legislature is working with state lawmakers to try to pass one in Alabama during the upcoming legislative session in March.
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