Alabama

GHSA maintains data on state laws surrounding a number of highway safety issues. Below is information regarding laws in the state of Alabama. For more information, consult the State Highway Safety Office.

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AV legislation

Authorizes full deployment of commercial motor vehicles without a human operator.

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Bike helmets required?

Bicycle helmets required for all riders under 16.

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Motorcycle Helmet Required?

Universal helmet law enacted 1967

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Length of Regular Renewal Cycle

4 years

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Provisions for Mature Drivers

None

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DUID Zero Tolerance or Per se Laws for Some Drugs

None

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Marijuana Possession and Use

Illegal

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Marijuana Impaired Driving

None

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Rural Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

70

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Urban Interstates: Cars (MPH)

65

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Urban Interstates: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Cars (MPH)

65

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Other Limited Access Roads: Trucks (MPH)

65

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Rural Interstates: Cars (MPH)

70

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Increased penalty for high BAC

0.15

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Administrative license suspension on first offense

90 days

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Limited driving privileges during suspension
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Ignition Interlocks

Mandatory for high BAC (0.15 and above) and repeat convictions; highly incentivized for first convictions

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Open container laws

Yes

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Repeat Offender Laws

Yes

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Child Restraint Required

Under 1 yrs or under 20 lbs in rear-facing seat
1-4 yrs or 20-40 lbs in forward-facing child safety seat
5 yrs (but not yet 6) in booster seat

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Adult Safety Belt Permissible

6-14 years

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Full Privilege Minimum Age

17

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Learner Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

15

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Learner Stage: Minimum Duration (Months)

6

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Learner Stage: Supervised Driving Hours (Night Hours in Parenthesis)

50; 0 with driver's ed.

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Intermediate Stage: Minimum Age (Years/Months)

16

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Intermediate Stage: Nighttime Driving Restriction

Midnight - 6 a.m.

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Intermediate Stage: Passenger Restrictions (Except Family, Unless Noted)

No more than 1

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Type of Law

Primary

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Who is Covered?

15 and over

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In What Seat?

Front (secondary enforcement in rear seat)

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Hand-Held Ban?

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? School Bus Drivers

No

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All Cell Phone Ban? Novice Drivers

16, or 17 with Intermediate License for less than 6 months. Primary law.

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Text Messaging Ban?

All drivers. Primary law.

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Speed Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law and city ordinance

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Speed Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

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Red Light Cameras: State Law

Permitted by state law

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Red Light Cameras: Where Permitted

Specified jurisdictions

Law enforcement officers cracking down on speeding during multi-state campaign

Georgia, Alabama, Florida, South Carolina, and Tennessee are partnering again for Operation Southern Shield, a high visibility enforcement period focusing on speeding. Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety Director and GHSA Vice Chair Harris Blackwood discusses.

Law enforcement officers cracking down on speeding during multi-state campaign

Story by Isabel Hughes
July 11, 2018

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