As technology advances, distracted driving has become a bigger problem. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has found that more than 1,060 people are injured and more than nine people die each day in the United States in accidents involving distracted drivers. The federal and state governments are working to pass laws to reduce these injuries and fatalities.
What laws have been enacted in Georgia to prevent distracted driving and the related auto accidents? This is the state of the law in Georgia:
Handheld cell phone ban. Currently, there is no law banning handheld cell phone use in Georgia. In fact, only 12 states have passed laws that ban all drivers from using a handheld cell phone while driving.
School bus drivers. Georgia law bans all cell phone use for bus drivers. A violation of the law is a primary offense, meaning that the police can cite the driver without any other traffic violation taking place.
Novice drivers. Drivers with novice permits are subject to a complete cell phone ban. A violation is a primary offense.
Text messaging. All drivers are prohibited from texting while driving. A violation of the law is a primary offense.
The federal government has also instituted bans on texting while driving. President Barack Obama signed an executive order in 2009 that prohibits all federal employees from texting while driving on government business or while using government equipment. The Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration also instituted a texting ban on commercial vehicle drivers in 2010.