A Message from Attorney General
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.