Texting while driving is banned for all drivers in Alabama, but a survey released earlier this year suggests that drivers throughout the country are still not getting the message that using a handheld device while behind the wheel can be just as dangerous as drunk driving.
Every year, thousands of car accidents and near accidents across Alabama are caused by distracted driving. A driver who takes their eyes and focus off the road even for a few seconds endangers the lives of everyone on the road. One recent fatal car accident proves the risks and dangers associated with distracted driving.
Every day across the nation and in state like Alabama, teen drivers are involved in car accidents. Many of these accidents are attributable to distracted driving behaviors like texting while driving. Despite the recently enacted ban in Alabama on texting while driving, many teen drivers continue to text while driving. Some teens near Birmingham recently experienced firsthand the many dangers associated with texting and driving.
It takes the average teenager five seconds to send a text message. During that time, a car can travel the distance of a football field. During that time, the driver of a car can also cause or be involved in a serious or fatal car accident.
In recent posts, we've discussed the dangers associated with texting while driving and the recently implemented Alabama texting ban. To date the ban, which aims to stop the texting and reduce the number of related car accidents, has resulted in 14 citations being issued.
While many individuals know certain activities may be harmful or even dangerous, it's sometimes hard to break old habits. One habit that drivers in Alabama would be wise to break, however, is texting while driving. In an effort to decrease car accidents, Alabama recently became the 38th state to enact a law banning drivers from texting.
What does it take for people to learn a lesson? For some people, lectures or campaign messages are enough. For others, a close call is enough to deter them from doing the same dangerous or illegal activity again.