GPCA Bug Bytes
By Connie Rogers
June 19, 2018
In this issue: Distracted Driving Law
Effective July 1, 2018
WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW ABOUT THE NEW LAW
The new law means you cannot drive a vehicle while holding a cell phone or supporting a cell phone with any part of your body.
Hands Free Law
- A driver may not hold/support a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone computer with any part of their body. Exceptions – Earpiece, headphones, smart watch.
- May not write, send, or read any text-based communication. Exceptions – Automatic voice-to-text
- Navigation/GPS can be viewed while driving as long as it is not being held/supported with any part of the driver’s body.
- A driver may not watch a video.
- A driver may not record a video.
- At no point while the vehicle is being operated can a driver use ANY apps to include social media and music.
Drivers would be allowed to:
- Use their phone for voice communication on a hands-free basis.
- Touch their phone for dialing, receiving or ending a call as long as the driver is not holding or supporting the phone.
- Use their phone for GPS navigation apps.
- Use voice-to-text technology.
There are circumstances where you can handle an electronic device while driving: Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, a crime or delinquent act or a hazardous road condition. You can also use your hands if you’re lawfully parked (not at a stoplight – “lawfully” means off or beside the road in an area open to parking).
For more information, please visit www.gahighwaysafety.org