State of Alabama House Committee Approves Ban on Drivers Holding their Cellphones While Driving
ALABAMA – According to an online report at al.com, while it is illegal in Alabama to text when behind the wheel, people still feel that this law is weak and difficult to enforce. That is why a bill was brought forth that would prohibit drivers from holding a cellphone or other electronic device while driving.*
The House Public Safety and Homeland Security Committee approved the bill following testimony from a woman whose daughter died in an accident involving a distracted driver. People are supporting the bill, which is aimed towards reducing the number of distracted driving incidences in the state.
15 states and Washington D.C. have all imposed a ban on holding a cellphone or other electronic device when behind the wheel.
If drivers are caught holding a cellphone or other electronic device, they will have to pay fifty dollars for the first offense, one hundred dollars for the second offense, and one hundred fifty for the third offense.
The committee approved the law on a voice vote without opposing views. The bill is expected to add teeth to the existing law that bans texting while driving.
The woman who lost her daughter in a distracted driving accident spoke to the committee in favor of passing the bill that could save countless lives. Her daughter was recording a birthday message to a friend when she drove under a tractor trailer on I-65 and died.
“That’s a huge wake-up call when you have to bury your own child for something that is 100 percent preventable,” the mother said. Her daughter was 17 when the accident occurred. The mother fully supports the bill, and feels that the current no texting while driving law is weak and not easily enforceable. “Our current law is weak and unenforceable," the mother said. "Police and law enforcement have told me that it is nearly impossible to enforce.”
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