Alabama Lawmakers Propose Anti-Distracted Driving Bills
MONTGOMERY, AL. – Two lawmakers in Alabama have proposed anti-distracted driving bills for consideration, according to an online news story published at wsfa.com. The bills would operate much like the Hands-Free Georgia Act that went into effect in Georgia last summer. They would prohibit drivers from holding their cell phones while driving.
Alabama resident Michelle Lunsford knows the pain distracted driving can cause.
“Distracted driving kills,” Lunsford said. “I lost my daughter … to a car crash. This phone. It cost me my daughter’s life. She was distracted by her phone.”
Since the loss of her daughter, Lunsford has advocated for tougher distracted driving laws in the state, and lawmakers might be on track to passing those soon. Alabama currently has a texting-and-driving ban, but state law does not prohibit people from holding, scrolling on, or talking on their phones.
Rep. Allen Farley and Sen. Jim McClendon have each proposed bills in the state legislature that would take current laws a lot further and make it illegal for people to use handheld electronic devices in their cars.
“When you look down traveling 70 or 75 mph … in one second or two seconds that car can travel a football field, sometimes two or three football fields because of the speed you’re driving,” Farley said.
About 8,000 vehicle crashes involving cell phone use occurred in Alabama between 2015 and 2017. Georgia’s distracted driving legislation looks so far to have been a success, and these two Alabama lawmakers would like to see their state follow suit and reduce the number of road fatalities each year.
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