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Drivers face an automatic $50 fine in the state if caught committing a common daily habit, according to the newly enforced law.

Drivers face an automatic  fine in the state if caught committing a common daily habit, according to the newly enforced law.

POLICE have announced that the grace period to avoid a $50 fine for distracted driving has ended – a ticket will replace a verbal warning.

The ban on using a cell phone while driving comes into effect immediately, according to authorities.

Police are warning the public that the grace period for drivers to adjust to the new hands-free law has ended.

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Police are warning the public that the grace period for drivers to adjust to the new hands-free law has ended.Credit: Fox 10 TV
The law prohibits the use of a cell phone while driving

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The law prohibits the use of a cell phone while drivingCredit: Fox 10 TV
Drivers will receive a $50 fine for their first offense starting June 1.

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Drivers will receive a $50 fine for their first offense starting June 1.Credit: Fox 10 TV

Last summer, the state of Alabama passed a law banning the use of cell phones while driving.

To allow drivers to adjust to the law, authorities gave people a full year of grace, according to AL.com.

Officers were tasked with issuing verbal warnings to drivers caught using their phones while driving, while reminding them that the law would come into effect this year and that a ticket would result from using the phone.

On June 1, officers will write $50 tickets to drivers using their phones.

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“Holding a wireless communications device while driving can result in a citation if you swerve, change lanes without signaling, or operate a vehicle in a manner that the law describes as ‘impaired,'” wrote Alabama law enforcement agency in a statement. week.

“Persons observed crossing a lane of traffic without using a turn signal, swerving, or operating the vehicle while impaired while physically holding a wireless telecommunications device may be issued a citation.”

Drivers caught a second time will be fined $100 and two points will be added to their license.

If a third offense is committed within two years, the driver will be fined $150 and three points will be added to their license.

The law aims to ensure the safety of drivers, passengers and pedestrians.

“Every time you use your phone, you’re distracted and not paying attention to the road,” Public Information Officer Blake Brown said in an interview with FOX affiliate WALA-TV.

‘We’ve started to crack down,’ police warn of new driving law, with $250 fine that changes how you use phone in car

“Especially since there are schoolchildren on summer vacation in the region.”

Costs can also add up outside of quotes.

Car insurance premiums can increase with each violation reported on a driver’s license.

However, Brown wants drivers to know that there are ways to get around without using a phone.

“Right now, the best option you can use in your car to use GPS or something similar is a car mount for your phone,” he said.

“Use an older style GPS if necessary.”

WALA-TV reporters asked drivers their opinions on the new law.

Many felt the law was necessary.

What defines “distracted driving”?

Distracted driving claims lives across the country every year and is 100% preventable.

However, many drivers assume that distracted driving is limited to using their phone while driving.

While it is illegal to use a phone to text, call, email, browse or post on social media, and make or accept video calls nationwide, other behaviors may be illegal. also distracting – and dangerous.

Other behaviors that distract drivers:

  • Set the radio or GPS
  • Applying makeup in the visor mirrors
  • Eating and drinking, removing one or both hands from the steering wheel
  • Reaching into the back seat to retrieve personal items
  • Digging through a purse, glove box or center console

Fortunately, it is possible to avoid distracted driving. Here are some proven tactics for staying focused:

  • Put your phone in “Do Not Disturb” or “Driving Mode” as it temporarily suspends notifications, but will transmit a call or text in an emergency.
  • If it’s difficult to avoid distractions, place the phone in a safe place, such as a purse, glove box, center console, or back seat.
  • If a text message or call needs to be sent or made, pull over and park
  • Give the phone to a passenger if necessary to send a text or make a call
  • Be a role model: Practicing safe driving in front of impressionable passengers helps convey safe behaviors.

Source: National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, Connecticut Department of Transportation

“I drive a lot and I use my phone a lot, but I do it hands-free,” one driver said while filling up for gas.

Another driver said it might take some time to get used to the law, but it was for the best.

“I feel like it might make (driving) more complicated, but it’s probably safer,” she said.

One woman said she supported the law.

“I think it’s for the best,” she said.

“Because I feel like even if you just hold your phone and a text message pops up and distracts you, boom, that’s all it took – one second to ruin your and your entire life. from someone else.”