Texting and driving is a hot-button issue nationwide. States across the nation are spearheading campaigns to prevent accidents caused by texting while driving and Georgia is no different. To make Georgia roads safer, the state has passed texting and driving laws that make it illegal to text in almost every situation.
What does Georgia law say about texting while driving?
GA Code § 40-6-241.2 states that drivers cannot use any telecommunications device to read, write, or send texts, e-mails, Internet data, or any other text-based communication. In addition, pressing more than a single button as required to make or receive phone calls is against the law.
The law also includes a section prohibiting any driver from reaching for a smartphone or other device in a way that requires they take their eyes off the road, unbuckle their seatbelt, or otherwise take their attention off driving.
It is important to note that a newer Georgia law also prohibits novice drivers under the age of 18 from making or receiving phone calls while driving, even with a hands-free device.
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.
Were you injured in an accident with a distracted driver?
If you suffered injuries in an Atlanta-area accident that occurred because the other driver was texting, you may be able to hold that driver liable for the financial damages the crash cost you. Call a car accident attorney from the Law Office of Jason R. Schultz, P.C. to find out if you are eligible to file a claim to recover compensation for your medical costs, rehabilitation, lost wages, pain and suffering, and more.
Contact us today at 404-474-0804 for a free case evaluation.