State Senator Matt Brass, R-Newnan, believes the distracted driving is a good bill. “Nobody is going to like it,” he said, “but that doesn’t mean it’s not right.”
Assuming Gov. Nathan Deal’s approval, looking at your phone while driving is about to become illegal in most cases.
The “Hands Free Georgia Act” was passed by the Georgia General Assembly on Thursday, the last day of the 2018 legislative session. It now awaits the governor’s signature.
No effective date was specified in the legislation, which means it will likely take effect July 1.
Under the act, drivers can’t hold or support phones or other standalone electronic devices, such as cameras, while driving. They’re also not allowed to write, send or read any text-based communication, including Internet data, while driving, though using voice activation is OK.
The only exception is for GPS navigation or for reporting an emergency or road hazard. Calls can still be made using speaker phone or hands-free devices.
The penalties in the bill were decreased significantly as it went through the process. The original fine of $300