In 2018, Georgia passed a law that prohibits drivers from holding a handheld wireless device while operating a motor vehicle. The law, known as the Hands Free Law, went into effect on July 1, 2019. Lets take a look into the Georgia Hands Free Law and how it is playing a role in helping with distracted driving.
The Hands Free Law applies to all drivers, regardless of age or driving experience. It also applies to all types of wireless devices, including cell phones, smartphones, and tablets.
There are a few exceptions to the Hands Free Law. Drivers in Georgia are allowed to use a handheld wireless device if:
- They are using the device to make a hands-free call.
- They are using the device to report an emergency.
- They are using the device to use a navigation app.
- Drivers who violate the Hands Free Law can be fined $100 for a first offense, $200 for a second offense, and $500 for a third or subsequent offense.
The Hands Free Law is designed to reduce distracted driving. Distracted driving is a major cause of accidents, and it is especially dangerous when drivers are using handheld wireless devices.
According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), distracted driving caused 3,142 deaths in 2019. Of those deaths, 10% were caused by drivers who were using handheld wireless devices.
The Hands Free Law is an important step in reducing distracted driving in Georgia. By making it illegal to hold a handheld wireless device while driving, the law is helping to keep drivers and passengers safe on the roads.
Here are some tips for avoiding distracted driving:
- Put your phone away: When you are driving, put your phone away. Do not answer calls, text, or use any other apps.
- Use a hands-free device: If you need to use your phone, use a hands-free device. This will allow you to keep your hands on the wheel and your eyes on the road.
- Be aware of your surroundings: Pay attention to other drivers and be prepared for anything.
- Don’t take it personally: If someone cuts you off or does something else that makes you angry, don’t take it personally. Remember, they might be just having a bad day.
- Be patient: Traffic can be frustrating, but it’s important to be patient. Rushing will only make things worse.
- Take a break: If you’re feeling stressed or angry, take a break from driving. Get out of your car and walk around for a few minutes. This will help you to clear your head and calm down.
By following these tips, you can help to reduce your risk of being involved in a distracted driving accident.
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