Texting While Driving is Now Illegal in Alabama
As of today, it is now illegal to text while you drive in Alabama. Drivers will be pulled over and fined for sending text messages, instant messages and E-mails when on the roadways.
Alabama is the 39th state to enforce a texting while driving ban. In May, Governor Robert Bentley signed the bill, sponsored by Rep. Jim McClendon, (R) of Springville, into law.
Alabama State Troopers say texting while driving is one of the most obvious examples of distracted driving, and hope the law will reduce traffic accidents and fatalities. The ban also allows state law enforcement to charge drivers with texting while driving as a primary offense.
The law does allow drivers to contact emergency services or use a GPS device while driving without penalty.
Drivers will be fined: