Legislation Proposed to Restrict Driving by Alabama Teens

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - A state committee looking for ways to
save lives on Alabama highways wants to get young drivers off cell
phones and put new restrictions on how many passengers they can
carry.

State Representative Jim McClendon of Springville, who chairs the panel, said the proposed legislation won't just address teens. It will include bills affecting drunken drivers, seat belt use, and drivers with no insurance.

One bill in the package would toughen the state's graduated driver license law, which limits 16-year-old drivers to carrying no more than four passengers. McClendon's committee wants to reduce
that to one passenger.

The committee's other proposals would:

  • rescind a law that bars police forces in towns with populations of less than 19-thousand from patrolling interstate highway.

  • prohibit those 18 and younger from using cell phones while driving.

  • create a "super drunk" law providing higher penalties for people arrested for driving with a blood-alcohol content of point-15 percent or higher. Alabama's drunken driving law currently applies at .08 percent blood alcohol level.

  • clarify a gray area in state law to make sure drunken driving convictions more than five years old are admissible in court

  • toughen penalties for people caught driving without a license
    or insurance.

  • increase the penalty for not wearing a seat belt from 25 to 50 dollars and require adults in the back seat of vehicles to buckle up.

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