In 2012, Alabama became the 38th state to ban texting while driving. All drivers are prohibited from texting. Novice drivers are also banned from all cell phone use.
Novice drivers in Alabama - drivers aged 16 or 17 with an intermediate license less than 6 months – are banned from using cell-phones (both handheld and hands-free) and, like all drivers, banned from texting.
All drivers are banned from texting while driving.
Like all drivers, bus drivers are banned from texting.
Fines for texting are $25 (first offense) then $50 and $75. A driver will also be penalized with two points against the driver’s license. Alabama’s cell phone and texting laws are considered “primary” laws. A primary law means that an officer can pull over a novice driver for texting without having to witness some other violation. That is, the officer sees the novice driver texting and simply issues a citation.