According to Georgia distracted driving law, it is illegal to:
- Use one’s body to hold or support a cellphone, global positioning system receiver (GPS), or other electronic device used to search, send, or receive messages or internet data while operating a vehicle.
- Write, send, or receive text-based data, such as text messages, email, or instant messages, on a wireless or stand-alone electronic device while operating a vehicle.
Drivers may use hands-free devices while driving. This includes voice-operated technology using speaker features or earpieces.
These distracted driving rules apply to all Georgia drivers. Commercial drivers, such as those making deliveries or hauling cargo in a semi-truck, must follow additional restrictions:
- Voice communication technology may not use more than one button to start or end the call.
- The driver must be able to remain in a properly seated driving position and belted when accessing and operating any communication technology.
Distracted driving laws do not apply as usual when a driver is reporting an accident or other roadway emergency. They also don’t apply to police officers, firefighters, and other first responders performing official duties.
Distracted driving is putting more than the driver at risk. Next time you get in the car, limit your exposure to fatalities by doing the following things:
- Wear a Seatbelt. In 2018, the CDC reported that almost half of the teens, ages 16-19, that died in fatal car accidents died while unrestrained.
- Put Your Phone On Do-Not-Disturb
- Don’t Drive Late at Night. Teenage motor vehicle crashes in 2018 were found to occur most commonly between 9:00 PM and midnight.
- Keep your eyes on the road, your hands on the wheel, and stay safe.
Driving practices and rules that are taught in A-1’s Defensive Driving Class can be applied to be a safe driver.
There is a lot of very useful information in the class and it will apply whether you have been driving for years or you are a brand new driver.