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Welcome to Alabama! As a new driver to this state you will need to be aware of our unique traffic laws and regulations. Here's what you need to keep in mind while driving in Alabama. Some of these rules may be the same as what you're already used to, but others will be drastically different!
After a traffic conviction is 2 years old, it loses its point count for suspension purposes but remains on a driver's record.
Point counts at which license is suspended:
You must dim your headlights from high to low beam when you are within 500 feet of an oncoming vehicle or within 200 feet of a vehicle traveling ahead of you.
You must turn your headlights on:
There is no specific law allowing or prohibiting headlight flashing.
When any person is found to have a BAC of greater than or equal to .15, he/she shall be sentenced to at least double the minimum punishment. If the offense is a misdemeanor, then the minimum punishment shall be 1 year, all of which may be suspended. License revocation shall be for not less than 1 year.
The minimum sentence is double the usual sanction if an offender greater than or equal to 21 was operating a vehicle while transporting a passenger
The court may suspend the remainder of a sentence (after the 10-day mandatory minimum is served), but only if as a condition of probation, the defendant enrolls and successfully completes a State certified chemical dependency program.
The Open Container Law prohibits possession of an open alcoholic beverage container in the passenger area of any motor vehicle, by any occupant of the vehicle, on any public highway or right of way, whether or not the vehicle is in motion.
Speeding violations when workers are present are subject to two times the original fine.
Signal your intention to turn or change lanes at least 100 feet in advance.
Hazard light use is permitted to warn other drivers of the presence of a vehicular traffic hazard requiring the exercise of unusual care in approaching, overtaking or passing.
Alabama has no state law requiring motorists to yield to a funeral procession.
It is illegal for a driver to:
There is no specific law regarding minimum safe passing distance.
You may not drive off the roadway to pass on the right.
When you see any of these vehicles displaying flashing lights while stopped on or adjacent to the roadway:
You must do the following:
Do not follow any emergency vehicle traveling displaying visual or audible signals closer than 500 feet, or stop within 500 feet of an emergency vehicle when it is stopped in answer to an emergency call.
Provide the following information to any other person involved in the accident, or to any police officer at the scene of the crash: