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A Message from Attorney General
Luther Strange: 
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.

 

Partnerships:

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