Gov. Deal signs “Hands-Free Georgia Act”

On Wednesday,  May 2,  Gov. Nathan Deal signed the “Hands-Free Georgia Act” into law.

Effective July 1, Georgia drivers will no longer be able to use cellphones while operating any vehicle.

Under the bill, holding a phone at all while driving is prohibited; even when stopped for a traffic signal or stop sign.

The use of cellphones will be allowed only when making emergency calls to report a traffic crash, criminal activity, fire, medical emergency or hazardous road conditions. Drivers will also be allowed to text if they are using technology that converts voice to text messages.

The first offense for drivers will be a $50 ticket and one point on your driving record.



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