Hands-free driving law goes into effect in Georgia
Drivers in Georgia and those who cross the state line have a new law to follow. The law requires drivers to be hands-free.
Officials with law enforcement agencies said rear-end crashes and single-car crashes from younger drivers are clear indications of distracted driving. Some drivers told Channel 3 they are happy this law is now in place.
In 2014, more than 3,000 people were killed nationwide in vehicle crashes involving distracted drivers. Georgia passed a hands-free law to reduce the number of distracted drivers in hopes of saving lives.
Adell Huffstutler agrees with the law and hopes to see more drivers put down the cell phone.
“Why are you being so stupid?” Adell Huffstutler said. “It irritates me, and it frustrates me.”
Texting while driving has been illegal in Georgia since 2010. Now drivers aren't allowed to touch their phones at all.
Instead, drivers must use Bluetooth for GPS, changing music and making calls.
Lena Pennington said drivers should be 100% focused on the road.
“You really can't do two things at once you just can't do it,” said Lena Pennington.
Nicole Ross said this is a good idea and more states should pass similar legislation. Ross does not use her phone while driving because she got into an accident in 2005.
“Before I started texting the car was far away, but I got consumed in texting,” said Nicole Ross. “I ran into the back of somebody, so you're capable of getting into an accident.”
In an effort to educate drivers, officers will issue a warning for the first few months. However, a $50 citation can be written.
“It's a start. If you can get people on board I think that it would definitely help if people adhere to the law,” said Huffstutler.
Georgia is the 16th state to pass a hands-free law.