As of Sept. 1, all passengers in a car, including those in the backseat, must be buckled up. Previously, only children riding in the backseat had to wear seatbelts. The law makes failure to wear a seatbelt a secondary violation, which means an officer may issue a ticket if they car has been stopped for another reason.
According to the Alabama Department of Transportation, 60 percent of the people who died in traffic accidents in 2017 weren’t wearing seatbelts.
Some drivers will also have to change where they drive on Alabama highways. The “anti-road rage act” creates a violation for driving in the left lane for more than one-and-a-half miles without passing. It’s intended to keep slow drivers out of the left lane and prevent slowdowns in highway traffic.
The bill makes exceptions for inclement weather, left exits, congestion and construction. There will be a 60-day grace period where officers will hand out warnings instead of tickets.