Ala. given low ranking for safe driving laws - WSFA.com Montgomery Alabama news.

Ala. given low ranking for safe driving laws

BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (AP) - Alabama has been ranked in the bottom 10 states for having laws that promote safe driving.

A coalition group called Advocates for Highway and Auto Safety gave Alabama a score of 7 out of a possible 15 for the strength of its driving laws, behind 41 other states.

The Birmingham News says Alabama scored high for allowing police to pull over a driver for not wearing a safety belt and for requiring motorcyclists wear helmets.

It also scored for its ban on open alcoholic-beverage containers and a requirement of six months' supervision for new teen-age drivers.  But the group called for the state to raise the age for a learner's permit to 16 and to restrict cell-phone use by teen drivers.

The coalition was formed by insurance, consumer, safety and medical organizations.

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