People Reacting to Representative Allen Farley’s Distracted Driving House Bill
ALABAMA – According to an online news report at alabamanews.com, on Wednesday, March 20, 2019, people are reacting to Representative Allen Farley’s distracted driving bill.*
The law was proposed on Wednesday, March 20, 2019 by Representative Allen Farley and has passed from an Alabama House Committee to the floor of the House. A Montgomery County Sheriff says he witnesses drivers almost on a daily basis with cellphones in their hands while driving.
The distracted driving bill covers all citizens of the state. “That’s only enforced by municipal law enforcement but now with this being a statewide bill this is going to cause people to be more concerned and paying more attention about driving on the roads and texting,” says the sheriff.
If the bill passes, the first citation would be for fifty dollars. The second would be for one hundred dollars, and the third for one hundred fifty dollars. This would also cause points to be racked up on people’s licenses.
The bill is similar to the Georgia hands free law, which provides as follows: people must use hands free technology when behind the wheel. Also, drivers cannot hold or support a phone or other electronic device while driving. Furthermore, drivers are prohibited from sending emails and text messages while driving as well as reading text messages and emails. Lastly, drivers cannot watch videos on their cellphone or device when behind the wheel. This also includes being prohibited from recording a video on a cellphone or other electronic device.
The bill is headed to the Alabama legislature’s House and could potentially be passed on Thursday, March 21, 2019. If lawmakers decide on passing the bill, Alabama would be the seventieth state that is taking proactive measures against distracted drivers.
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