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Alabama’s New Hands-Free Law Takes Effect June 15

Enforcement Begins at Midnight

ALABAMA, U.S. (WDNews) Starting at 12:01 a.m. on Saturday, June 15, 2024, the Alabama Law Enforcement Agency (ALEA) will enforce the state’s new hands-free law. This legislation aims to curb distracted driving by regulating the use of wireless telecommunication devices while driving.

What Qualifies as a Wireless Device?

The law defines a wireless telecommunication device broadly. It includes cell phones, text-messaging devices, personal digital assistants, standalone computers, GPS receivers, and any similar portable wireless gadgets used for communication or data reception.

Not Just a Secondary Violation

Under this law, drivers observed using a wireless device in a way that causes swerving, improper lane changes, or other signs of impaired driving can be cited immediately. This is not considered a secondary violation, meaning police can pull you over specifically for this behavior.

Fines and Penalties

Penalties for violating this law increase with repeated offenses. The first conviction carries a $50 fine and one point on your license. The second offense results in a $100 fine and two points, while a third within 24 months can cost you $150 and three points on your license.

ALEA reminds all drivers that distracted driving is dangerous and poses a significant risk to everyone on the road. #ALEAProtects #StopDistractedDriving #HandsFreeWayToBe