If you’ve seen an increase of law enforcement on the roads this summer, it’s likely due to the new distracted driving law that took effect on July 1, 2018. With this law, it is now illegal to hold a phone in your hand while driving, meaning you will have to use a hands-free device. The law is intended to reduce traffic fatalities on Georgia roadways.
Distracted Driving Legislation Details
If you’re one of the roughly seven million drivers that travel on Georgia roads each year, it’s important to understand the details of this new law. The law bans more than just holding your cell phone while driving. To stay within the law, make sure you don’t:
However, there are certain tasks you can still perform under the new distracted driving law. Consider the following:
It’s important to note that if you witness an emergency-related situation such as a car accident or fire, you can use your phone to call the authorities.
Penalties Associated with the Distracted Driving Law
If you are caught breaking the distracted driving law, you will receive a fine. The fine is calculated based on how many times you’ve broken the law. You may also receive points on your license.