Community Group Calls for Hands-Free Driving Law in Honor of WWII Veteran & Friend
Frances Phelps, an active member of the Alabama community, was tragically killed in an accident involving a distracted driver this August. Phelps was a World War II Navy Veteran, a member of the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature, which is responsible for representing seniors throughout Alabama, as well as a former Mayor of Wilsonville, among various other impressive roles.
Unfortunately, the family roles she cherished dearly, that of mother, grandmother and great-grandmother are vacant, as she was taken from her family too soon— all because someone was distracted and talking on the phone while driving.
Now, members of the Alabama Silver Haired Legislature are urging lawmakers to pass a hands-free bill in Alabama, to prevent tragedies such as the one that occurred to their beloved friend, and hopefully make the roads a safer place for Alabamians.
According to the Centers for Disease Control, nearly 9 Americans are killed every day in distracted driving accidents, causing more than 3,000 deaths per year. These fatalities are preventable, and it’s upsetting and disheartening that such a high number of deaths are occurring, simply due to society’s strong reliance on technology.
In the age of the smartphone, most all of us are guilty of checking our phones while driving, or calling friends and family members on the drive home from work or in between running errands. Although we may think nothing will ever happen, and we still have control, driving requires our full attention.
Driving conditions can change in an instant, and taking our eyes off the road, even for a second, could cause an accident. Now more than ever, it’s important to stop using phones while driving.
Alabama currently has a no texting while driving law, but the hands-free law would address a wider range of distracted driving activity, and hopefully deter drivers from using their phones when they shouldn’t be.
Lawmakers are scheduled to vote on the bill in March 2019.
Until then, it is important for people to think about their actions, and be more cautious about using their phones while driving. For those struggling with how using their phones feels like second nature, even behind the wheel, check out these helpful tips:
- Set up your GPS or music before driving to ensure you do not change controls or look at your phone while driving.
- Put your phone in your purse or glove compartment to avoid distractions.
- Turn off your phone!
- Think of driving time as a time to focus on the road and the task at hand and take a break from social media.
- Have a passenger send a reply on your phone or check the GPS settings so that you are not distracted.
- If you need to send a text or make a call, safely pull over. Using Bluetooth is helpful as it is hands-free, but this is still distracting.
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