Distracted driving is a major problem across the country, leading to thousands of accidents every year, many of which cause severe or fatal injuries. While there are many forms of distracted driving, the use of a cell phone is usually regarded as the most dangerous distracting behavior drivers commonly engage in. While Alaska does not have a ban on cell phone for drivers, the state does ban all drivers from texting.
In 2008, the state passed “Alaska’s Text Messaging Ban,” which prohibits the unlawful installation of televisions, monitors, or other similar devices. This means that it is considered a crime if a person driving a motor vehicle has a television, video monitor, or any other means capable of providing a visual display that is in full view of the driver while the vehicle is in motion and the visual display is in use while that person is driving. As such, texting while driving is banned in Alaska.
There are some exceptions to Alaska’s texting laws. This includes:
- Navigating devices, such as a GPS
- Cell phones or personal data assistants that are being used for verbal communication
- Vehicle dispatching information and response information for vehicles providing emergency road service or assistance
- Vehicle dispatching information for passenger transport, freight, or package delivery
- Information for use in performing highway construction, maintenance, or repair by the Department of Transportation and Public Facilities or a municipality
Additionally, there is no cell phone or texting ban for bus drivers in the state.
Alaska’s anti-texting laws are also primary laws, which means that if an officer sees you texting while driving, he or she can pull you over for the offense without having witnessed you engaging in any other violation. If you violate this law, it will be treated as a misdemeanor and, if it results in an accident and there is an injury or death, you could be charged with a felony.
Anchorage Personal Injury Attorney
One of the leading causes of motor vehicle accidents in the United States is distracted driving. If you were injured in an accident caused by a distracted driver who was texting, you have a right to pursue compensation and hold them accountable for their actions. At The Law Offices of David Henderson, we are committed to assisting injury victims recover the compensation they deserve.
Contact our office today at (888) 295-6566 to schedule a free case evaluation.