How have you been doing with Georgia’s new Hands Free Georgia Law (HB673) that went into effect July 1, 2018? Have you been able to break your bad habits of holding or supporting your cell phone while driving? It’s a tough habit to break. If you somehow missed it, the new law states that holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunication device or stand-alone electronic device.
According to an article in the Augusta Chronicle, The law’s intent is to save lives, said Katie Fallon, public information officer for the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety. She said a total of 89 drivers were killed in Georgia due to distracted driving in 2016 and 2017. Those numbers only apply to the distracted drivers that were killed. It does not include other motorists, passengers or pedestrians who may have died because of a distracted driver.
Lawrence Legal would like to offer you some tips on how to break your cellphone use while driving.
- Develop a plan every time before you get behind the wheel. Make sure you have your GPS programmed and any calls or texts taken care of before you get on the road.
- Eliminate any temptation to use your phone by not making it available to you while driving.
- Silence notifications that can tempt you to want to look at your phone.
- Have a ‘designated texter’ take care of your communication if you’re driving.
- Consider the damage that can be done if you choose to break the law, and let the weight of that inspire you to be hands free.
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