NEW Georgia’s Distracted Driving Law

By: Rose Kulbok | Posted on: July 2, 2018 9:08 pm

Georgia’s New Hands Free Driving Law is aimed at preventing car accidents and auto wrecks by reducing number of distractions drivers encounter. Safety officials hope that by keeping cell phones out of drivers’ hands, roads across the state will be safer.

Hands Free Georgia Law (HB673)

Effective July 1, 2018, pursuant to 40-6-241(c), all drivers operating a motor vehicle on any highway of this state are prohibited from:
• Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device.
• Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data.
• Watching, recording, or broadcasting a video or movie.
Penalties:
• 1st conviction – 1 point and $50.00 fine
• 2nd conviction – 2 points and $100.00 fine
• 3rd or more convictions – 3 points and $150.00 fine