Since the new Alabama state law banning texting and driving went into effect Aug. 1, Alabama State Troopers have issued 14 citations. Local law enforcement agencies have also issued tickets for texting while driving, but those numbers are still being reported and assessed. Distracted driving—particularly in regards to cell phone use and texting while operating motor vehicles—has become a major concern in recent years. According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), texting while driving results in diminished reaction time similar to that of alcohol impairment. Alabama is one of 39 states that bans texting while driving. Alabama’s law prohibits a driver from using a wireless device to write, send or read messages while operating a motor vehicle. The fines for texting while driving range from $25 for a first offense to $75 for a third; each offense also costs a driver two points on his or her driving record, which could impact a driver’s insurance rates. The Mobile, Alabama, car accident attorneys at Long & Long represent victims of car accidents caused by texting and other acts of negligence while driving. If you were hurt or a family member was killed in a car accident caused by a careless driver, please contact Long & Long for your free case consultation. We welcome clients from the greater Mobile, Alabama, area.