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Ga. troopers to show 'compassion' to texting drivers

ATLANTA (AP) - Georgia State Patrol troopers will wait until Aug. 1 to strictly enforce the new texting while driving ban that takes effect this week.

Commanding Officer of the Georgia State Patrol Major Mark McDonough says the department's efforts are going to be "very compassionate" over the next few weeks while troopers and drivers get used to laws banning texting while driving for adults and texting and talking for drivers under 18 and the new seat belt requirement for pickup truck drivers.

McDonough says the exception will be for drivers involved in accidents resulting from texting or from pickup truck drivers not wearing seat belts.

The new laws take effect July 1, the beginning of the Fourth of July holiday, a busy travel weekend when traffic enforcement is an increased priority.

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