Letter to the Editor:
During the 2012 legislative session, the St. Clair County legislators — Sen. Del Marsh, Rep. Jim McClendon, Rep. Dickie Drake, Rep. Blaine Galliher and Rep. Randy Wood — voted to ban texting while driving statewide.
Thank you. This is an important issue that impacts public safety for all Alabamians. A driver who texts while driving is a danger to himself and others, since they are 23 times more likely to have an accident than a driver who doesn’t.
The law goes into effect on Aug. 1, and imposes fines that increase with each violation. A conviction for texting and driving also puts two points on the driver’s record. I don’t need to tell the parents of teenage drivers about the cost of insurance when points start to accrue.
But teenagers aren’t the only ones who text and drive and need to know about the new law. If you need more information on the dangers to help convince you, visit www.att.com/gen/press-room?pid=2964. Even if you don’t need more information, check out the website and take the pledge not to text and drive.
AT&T representatives are available to deliver the “No Texting While Driving” message to your local schools, for more information on our school programs email firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.
— Glyn Agnew, Regional Director, AT&T Alabama