The State of Alabama joined several other states with a law prohibiting use of or holding a cell phone while driving. The bill was signed into law by Governor Kay Ivey on June 23rd and went into effect immediately.
During the first 12 months, law enforcement officers can only write a warning for this infraction.
After the first 12 months, law enforcement officers can write citations for the offense but not as the primary offense. If an officer observes a driver swerving or changing lanes without proper signaling, the officer may stop the vehicle and if the driver is observed holding a cell phone or other mobile type phone, a citation may be issued. The fine for the first offense is $50. The second offense within a 24 month period is $100 and the third and subsequent offense is $150. The first offense also carries one point on the driving record of the offender. The second offense within a 24 month period will carry two points on the driving record and the third and subsequent offenses will be a three point penalty on the driving record.
The law is designed to prevent distracted driving which leads to many accidents, injuries, and deaths.