Are there exceptions to this law?

There are some exceptions to the law, including:

  • When reporting an emergency or serious road hazard
  • When reporting a crime to authorities
  • Public utility workers who use the devices as a part of their job
  • Police officers and first responders using devices for official business
  • Use in a parked car, off the roadway

What are the penalties for violating this law?

Violation of this law is a misdemeanor crime, and you could face a fine of up to $150.00. The state can also levy points against your driving record, meaning you could lose your license after repeated violations, or in combination with other moving violations. In addition, your insurance company may opt to raise your rates for violating the law and/or causing an accident.

Jason R. Schultz
Helping Georgia area residents with car accident, medical malpractice, and personal injury claims since 1991.