How often have you seen people on the roads looking at their phones? You’ve probably even noticed that at stop signs people are glued to their screens and possibly even watching videos — Yes, it’s been happening more and more these days. While cell phones are handy devices, they are also causing a lot more automobile accidents here in Georgia, especially in the metro-Atlanta area with all of the traffic. The Georgia Legislature has recently passed HB 673, which is sometimes called the “Hands-Free” law, to help prevent accidents in our state.
As you can see from the picture in our blog, this law looks pretty complex, and there’s no shortage of legalese. What do you expect from a bunch of lawyers and politicians? 😉 Our goal though is to make it simple and understandable for you. So here’s what you need to know about what’s allowed and what’s not starting JULY 1st…
First, let’s highlight what you can do:
Second, what you can’t do:
Of course, there are going to be some exceptions to this law, but they make sense for a number of reasons. For example, a person can use a phone to report a (1) traffic accident, (2) medical emergency, (3) fire, (4) crime, and (5) dangerous condition on the road.
One other thing too: You can use your hands if you are in a lawful parking space, like a grocery store or shopping center parking lot.
We sure hope you found this blog helpful about the new distracted driving law in Georgia, and hopefully, you don’t come across our page if you’ve been hurt in an accident by a distracted driver in Georgia. Let’s, instead, hope that our roads are a bit safer now for everyone in our state.
If you have any other questions about this law, feel free to give us a call about it. My direct number is (404) 566-5880. E-mails work too (firstname.lastname@example.org). Please always consider us a resource and friend to you!
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