When states implement laws designed to enhance public safety and keep people safe, the natural expectation is these laws will be followed. Unfortunately, reality does not always work out that way, where people can engage in behavior that thwarts these laws and compromise public safety.
It appears Alabama teenagers may be violating Alabama’s 15-year-old Alabama Graduated Driver License Law. The legislation was always aimed at teenage drivers, and revisions have been made to the law in both 2010 and 2015.
The central aim of the law was designed to ensure that young and inexperienced drivers were not distracted while driving on Alabama roads. According to Alabama State Trooper Kevin Cook, however, state troopers continue to find that teenage driving continues to be a distraction. Cook indicates that “teenager drivers not following the Alabama Graduated Driver License Law is a problem.”
Cook also notes that the Alabama State Troopers Office continually reminds teenagers that handheld devices like smartphones cannot be used or interacted with while driving.
Texting and driving is an illegal offense in the state of Alabama. Whenever a teenager drives and texts, they are engaging in an illegal behavior that can be defined as distracted driving. While all drivers should not engage in distracted driving, it is especially important for teenagers to engage in safe driving since they are so inexperienced behind the wheel.
If a teenager is caught violating the Graduated Driver License Law, the teenager could have their graduated license period extended or could even have their license suspended.
However, the greater concern is that a teenager could cause a serious accident or even unintentionally take the life of a fellow Alabama driver. A Carnegie Mellon study found that using a cell phone while driving can reduce brain activity by 37%, making accidents far more likely. A wide range of research on distracted driving validates these findings.
In 2014 alone, 3,179 people were killed, and another 431,000 were injured in crashes involving distracted drivers. Worse, young people are some of the most at-risk drivers. According to the NHTSA, 10 percent of all drivers 15 to 19 years old were reported as distracted at the time of crashes.
If you or a loved one has been injured or lost their life at the hands of a distracted driver, you may be entitled to legal compensation for the harms suffered. Alabama injury attorney Noel B. Leonard will help you gather the facts, determine who is at fault and assess whether you have a claim to legal compensation.
Noel B. Leonard is an Alabama personal injury attorney who helps victims receive compensation for their injuries when negligent parties or distracted drivers are at fault. From his Foley office, Noel represents distracted driving victims in Foley as well as victims in Baldwin, Mobile and Escambia Counties.
Contact Alabama injury lawyer Noel B. Leonard or call 251-943-8638 for a legal consultation to discuss the facts of your Alabama accident.