Don’t Text And Drive
Texting while driving is not only dangerous, it’s against the law in Alabama. The Alabama Attorney General’s Office has partnered with organizations such as U-Haul, AT&T, The Century Council, The University of Alabama at Birmingham, and ABC 33/40 to help inform youth and adults of the dangers associated with distracted driving.
Facts about texting and driving in Alabama:
- It’s dangerous, and it’s against the law in Alabama (32-5A-350).
- Texting and driving puts yourself and everyone on the road in danger.
- Over half a million people are injured each year in the United States due to distracted driving.
- Since August 2012 over 250 texting while driving citations have been issued in Alabama.
- Since 2010 there have been over 750 injuries and 19 fatalities in crashes where the prime contributing circumstance was “distracted by use of electronic communication device.”
- According to the Alabama Department of Public Safety driver distraction is one of the five driving behaviors that contribute most frequently to crashes and crash severity.
- In 2011, 45% of all students 16 and older reported that they had texted or e-mailed while driving during the past 30 days, says the study by researchers at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and reported in June's Pediatrics (http://www.usatoday.com/story/news/nation/2013/05/13/texting-driving-teens/2150755/).
Tips to protect yourself and everyone else on the roads:
- Have a “designated texter” in the car when you drive.
- Take the pledge to never text and drive at www.itcanwait.com
- Download the AT&T DriveMode™ app and Verizon’s Safely Go app to your smart phone
- Put your phone on silent or away while driving: out of sight, out of mind.
- Remind your friends and family to not text and drive when you are riding with them.