Starting from June 15, Alabamians may face penalties for using their mobile phones while driving

Starting June 15th, Alabamians may be subjected to point deductions on their driver’s license for operating a phone while driving.

The Hands-Free Law requires drivers to refrain from using their cell phones while driving, as swerving or changing lanes without signaling due to phone usage is considered a violation. Just using a cell phone by itself is not enough to be considered a violation under this law.

According to Sergeant Jeremy Burkett from the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency, individuals who appear to be driving distracted while using their phone can be pulled over by police.

Sergeant Burkett explained that the law defines it as impaired driving, which means driving in a manner that is affected by alcohol or drugs. If an officer observes this violation, they can stop the driver and issue a citation starting on June 15.

The new law stipulates that drivers who commit their first violation will be fined $50, and the fine increases by $50 for every subsequent violation. Kevin Myrick, the proprietor of the Insurance Center of Tuscaloosa, is optimistic that this legislation will help to reduce the number of accidents on the roads.

Myrick expressed hope that the law, as intended by Gov. Ivey, would have a significant impact on reducing the trend of auto accidents. “Perhaps this could start a positive trend in the future, in the months and years ahead, towards curbing the rise in auto accidents,” Myrick said.

According to Sgt. Burkett, the key to safe driving is the ability to respond promptly to any unexpected events on the road.

Burkett emphasizes the benefits of the law that encourage drivers to keep both hands on the wheel. He believes that this defensive posture helps drivers react more quickly to unexpected situations on the road.

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