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NEW HANDS-FREE DRIVING LAW TO TAKE EFFECT THIS SUMMER

The CDC estimates that nine people are killed every day in the U.S. as a result of crashes involving a distracted driver. Distracted driving is all too common. While most people assume that distracted driving only applies to driving and using cell phones, distracted driving is classified by anything that takes your attention off the road. A report from the CDC shows that there are three main types of distraction:

  • -Visual: taking your eyes off the road;
  • -Manual: taking your hands off the wheel; and
  • -Cognitive: taking your mind off driving.

Changing the music, checking your GPS, eating/drinking, or reaching for your phone are a few examples a distracted driving. Beginning July 1st, Georgians will be fined for holding cell phones or electronic devices while behind the wheel. This new law will make Georgia the 16th state to enact such a law.  The Hands-Free Georgia Act goes in to effect on July 1st, there will be NO 90-day grace period planned wherein drivers will be given a warning.

Quick Facts to Know:

  1. The legislation does permit the use of Bluetooth devices to allow drivers to answer telephone calls or use navigational aids.
  2. Penalties will begin at $50 for first-time violators, while three or more violations will result in fines of $150.
  3. Holding your phone, iPad, or similar device will result in a fine.
  4. Drivers using their device to text, record or watch videos will be fined.

Beyond the effects of day-to-day life, the impacts of this new law bring a new dimension to employer liability. Employees in company vehicles involved in an accident while using a handheld device will have broken a law on top of being negligent. If you have an ongoing case with a driver who was given a citation for distracted driving, consult a lawyer today. When you’re looking for an attorney you can trust to work on your behalf, look no further than Schneider Hammers. Our law firm has over four decades of experience with millions won for our clients. We put 100% of our focus on helping injured victims get back on track. Contact us today for a free consultation (678)-846-6900.