ATLANTA (AP) — The Latest on the final day of the Georgia legislative session (all times local):
Pending the governor’s signature, Georgia will soon become the 16th state in the U.S. to enact a hands-free driving law.
The House gave final passage Thursday night to a proposal that would prevent drivers from holding their cellphones while behind the wheel.
Proponents say drivers who look at their phones are largely responsible for a recent spike in fatal crashes in Georgia — and the resulting rise in auto insurance premiums.
Under the bill, first-time offenders would be fined $50, with the fees increasing for repeat offenders.
First-time offenders could avoid the fine by appearing in court with proof that they have purchased a hands-free device.
A proposal that could considerably expand public transportation in the Atlanta metro area is on its way to the governor’s desk.
With only minutes left in the session, the House and Senate passed a compromise measure after reconciling differences between bills passed by each chamber earlier this year.