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    D e p a r t m e n t o f P u b l i c S a f e t y

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    Organ Donation.

    Giving life a second chance.

    When you obtain your driving license, you will be asked, Do you wishto be an organ donor? If you say yes, what does that mean? Yes means that you want to give someone a very special gifta secondchance at life. It means that you have decided to give organs or tissuesafter your death to people who urgently need a transplant. The titleorgan donor with a red heart will appear on your license.

    The urgent need for organ transplants grows daily with tens of thousandsof people waiting nationally. Someone is added to the list every ten

    minutes, and approximately 18 people will die each day while waiting foran organ. Your choice to become an organ donor can make a life-savingdifference for these critically ill people.

    The decision to donate is a personal one, but one which should be sharedwith your family. If you have questions, call the Alabama Organ Centerat 1-800-252-3677.

    Common Myths about Donation

    Myth: Becoming a donor will affect my medical care if I am in an accident.Fact: If you are admitted to a hospital, the number one priority is to save

    your life.

    Myth: Organ donation disfigures the body.

    Fact: Organs and tissues are removed in an operation performed by spe-

    cially trained medical professionals. Your body is treated with respect and an

    open casket funeral is possible after donation.

    Myth: If you agree to donate your family will be charged.Fact: There is no financial cost to the donors family or estate for organ

    or tissue donation. Funeral costs and the costs incurred in saving your life

    remain the responsibility of the family.

    Myth: Having organ donor on your drivers license or carrying a donor card

    is all you have to do to become a donor.

    Fact: While donation can legally occur with these documents, it is important

    to discuss your decision with your family to ensure they understand your

    wishes. All people who indicate their donation wishes on their drivers license

    will have their name added to the Legacy Organ and Tissue Donor Registry.

    For more information or to add your name to the registry, call

    1-800-252-3677 or visit www.alabamaorgancenter.org

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    tAbLe of contentsChapter 1 Your License to Drive

    License Requirements ..............................5Who Cannot Be Licensed ....................... 6Identification Requirements ................... 6

    Learners License and Restricted License9Vision Screening ......................................11Knowledge Test .......................................11Road Test...................................................11License Fees ..............................................13Re-examination ........................................13Identification Cards (Non-Driver) ........14Renewing Your License ..........................14

    Duplicate License ....................................14Change of Name, Address .....................15Class of License ........................................16Commercial License ...............................16Vessel License ...........................................17

    Chapter 2 You May LoseYour License

    Cancellation .............................................18Revocation ................................................18

    Suspension ................................................19The Alabama Point System ...................20

    Chapter 3 The Driving Tas

    Good Driving Habits .............................21Turns22Sharing the Road with

    Motorcycles ........................................24Sharing the Road with Large

    Vehicles ................................................26Parking .......................................................27Bicycles ......................................................29Alabamas Safety Belt and Child

    Restraint Laws ...................................31

    Chapter4 The Driver

    Your Personality Affects YourDriving .................................................32

    Cellular Phone Usage .............................33

    Highway Hypnosis and Fatigue ...........33Drinking and Driving .............................33Drugs ..........................................................36How to Avoid Rear End

    Collisions ............................................37Stopping Distance ...................................37

    What To Do If You Have A Crash .........38Railroad Crossings ..................................39

    Chapter 5 Signs, Signalsand Road Marings

    Traffic Signs ..............................................42Regulatory Signs ......................................43

    Warning Signs ..........................................45Informational or Guide Signs ...............51Pavement Markings .................................52Traffic Signals ..........................................55

    Chapter 6 traffiC Laws

    Speed Limits .............................................58Stopping ....................................................59School Buses .............................................60Right of Way and Yielding ....................61Passing ........................................................62Pedestrians ................................................63Following Emergency Vehicles .............65Other Traffic Laws ..................................65Changing Lanes .......................................65Throwing Debris on Streets,

    Highways .............................................66Loads Must Conform to Law ...............66Documents Required at Traffic

    Stops .....................................................66Mandatory Liability Insurance Act .....66Window Tinting .....................................67Gas Drive-Offs .........................................67Move Over Law .......................................67

    Chapter 7 Adjust toDriving Conditions

    Night Driving ...........................................68

    Winter Driving ........................................69Windshield Wipers/Headlights ..........70Slippery Roads Are Hazardous ............70Skidding .....................................................70Hydroplaning ...........................................71Driving in Fog, Snow .............................72Driving in Hilly Country ......................72Carbon Monoxide ...................................72Driving Emergencies...............................72

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    8 Driving the FreewaysEntering the Freeway ..............................75Interchanges ..............................................76Leaving the Freeway ................................77Chapter 9 Your Vehicle..............78GDL summary .................................82Ns ...................................................83

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    C H A P T E R 1

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