Things to note as acceptable for the new Hands-Free Distracted Driving bill

Things to note as acceptable for the new Hands-Free Distracted Driving bill
Drivers may use or wear smartwatches in place of using hand held device. (Source: City of LaGrange)
Drivers may use or wear smartwatches in place of using hand held device. (Source: City of LaGrange)

LAGRANGE, GA (WTVM)-  The new Hands- Free Distracted Driving bill goes into effect July 1st. The new law will require citizens to use hands- free technology while driving.

As the current Georgia law already prohibits texting and driving which was effective July 1, 2010, this adds specific instructions on what the law will and will not allow.

This new law will prohibit drivers from:

  • Holding or supporting a phone or device while driving
  • Using a hand-held phone or device to write, send, or read texts, message, emails while driving
  • Watching or recording video on your phone while driving

Though there are many things that drivers should be aware of when using any device while operating a vehicle, the new law allows for drivers to still use the following technologies:

  • Talk on the phone using hands- free technology
  • Use a GPS system
  • Wear/ Use a smartwatch
  • Use an earpiece to talk on the phone
  • Use phones in an emergency like a traffic accident or medical emergency
  • Listen to a music app
  • Talk on the phone if you are legally parked, NOT at a stop light

LaGrange Police Department says, "Whether you call it distracted driving or inattentive driving the fact remains that the use of hand-held cellular telephones and other electronic devices dramatically increases your risk of becoming involved in a motor vehicle collision."

The LaGrange Police Department will implement a 30-day grace period where only warnings are issued for observed violations unless the distracted driving was clearly the contributing factor in a collision.

This new law takes effect July 1 through the state of Georgia.

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