Alaska's distracted driving law prohibits text messaging while driving. But there's currently no state-wide ban on cell phone use while driving. This article gives the specifics of the texting law and the penalties you'll face for a violation.
In Alaska, it's illegal for all motorists to read or type a text message or other nonvoice message or communication on a cell phone or other electronic device while operating a vehicle that's in motion. It's also against the law to operate a vehicle that's in motion while any screen devices—like a television, tablet, or computer—are operating and in full view of the driver in a normal seated position.
Alaska's distracted driving law contains several exceptions. The law's restrictions don't apply to:
So drivers who use their devices in hands-free mode or are operating any of the vehicle controls described above generally don't have to worry about getting a ticket.
The penalties for a distracted driving ticket depend on the circumstances of the violation, including whether there were injuries or deaths.
Generally, distracted driving is a violation and carries a maximum $500 fine.
A distracted driving violation involving injuries to another person is a class C felony. A convicted driver faces up to five years in prison and a maximum $50,000 fine.
A distracted driving violation involving serious physical injuries to another person is a class B felony. Convicted motorists face a maximum of 10 years in prison and up to $100,000 in fines.
A distracted driving violation involving the death of another person is a class A felony. Convicted drivers are looking at a maximum of 20 years in prison and up to $250,000 in fines.
A distracted driving violation will also add two demerit points to the motorist's driving record.