Governor Bentley signs bill prohibiting texting while driving
Governor Robert Bentley signs into law a measure that prohibits texting while driving. State Representative Jim McClendon (Left) and Public Safety Director Colonel Hugh McCall (Right) look on as the Governor signs the bill.
From the Office of Alabama Governor
– Governor Robert Bentley on Tuesday signed into law House Bill 2, a measure
that prohibits texting while driving.
"Signing this bill sends a message that drivers need to
focus on driving – not on sending a text," Governor Bentley said. "There
is nothing so urgent that it is worth risking your life, or the lives of others,
by sending a text message while you are driving down the road."
According to data provided by the National Highway Traffic
Safety Administration, texting while driving creates a crash risk that is 23
times greater than when a driver is not distracted.
Also, sending or receiving a text message takes a driver's eyes from the
road for an average of 4.6 seconds. For a driver going 55 miles-per-hour,
that's the equivalent of driving the entire length of a football field.
new law prohibits using a wireless device to write, send, or read a text
message, instant message or e-mail while operating a motor vehicle. The
fine for violating the law is $25 for a first-time offense, $50 for a second
offense and $75 for a third or subsequent offense. Also, for each
offense, a two-point violation would be placed on the offender's driving
Representative Jim McClendon was the House sponsor of the
"After six years of attempting to get this bill through,
persistence has finally paid off," Representative McClendon said. "It
took four years for this bill to pass the House, two years for it to pass the
Senate, and today, I'm delighted that Governor Bentley is signing this bill
into law. Our highways will be safer with the passage of this law."
Senator Jabo Waggoner was the Senate sponsor of the
"I am proud to have assisted in passing this important bill
that I believe will help save lives on Alabama's
roadways," Senator Waggoner said. "Signing this bill sends a message to
drivers that texting while operating a vehicle is harmful and, thanks to the
Legislature and Governor Bentley, finally prohibited in Alabama."
Wednesday, April 26 2017 4:43 AM EDT2017-04-26 08:43:07 GMT
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