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Bug Bytes | Distracted Driving Law

By June 19, 2018Bug Bytes

GPCA Bug Bytes

By Connie Rogers
June 19, 2018
In this issue: Distracted Driving Law

Hands Free

Georgia 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

  1. 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.
  2. May not write, send, or read any text-based communication. Exceptions – Automatic voice-to-text
  3. Navigation/GPS can be viewed while driving as long as it is not being held/supported with any part of the driver’s body.
  4. A driver may not watch a video.
  5. A driver may not record a video.
  6. 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

Read and download HB 673 here