If you face charges for distracted driving or if a distracted driver’s negligence leaves you with injuries, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C.. Distracted driving is the act of driving a car while engaging in another activity, like texting or speaking on the phone. Georgia state law prohibits every driver from texting and driving. State law does allow, however, some drivers to talk on the phone, but that might change soon.
The Georgia Legislature recently approved a bill requiring drivers in Georgia to use hands-free technology when talking on the cell phone and driving. If signed by the governor, the law will go into effect July 1, 2018.
The bill would also ban the use of any technology that takes a driver’s eyes off the road. Fines for distracted driving double to $300, and repeat distracted drivers receive harsher penalties on their driver’s licenses. Until that bill becomes law, we will focus on the current distracted driving laws for both underage and adult drivers, and the common accidents the laws are trying to prevent.
There are a lot of potential driving distractions today, and that’s no different for new drivers. From phones, radios, other passengers, and more, there are myriad ways to drive distractedly. In fact, the most common factors that lead to accidents for drivers under the age of 18, according to video research by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, include:
Drivers under the age of 18 can’t look at or talk on any wireless devices including cell phones, tablets, and other similar technology, in any manner. Exceptions include emergencies, accidents, and situations that require immediate communication. Underage distracted driving violation penalties include:
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) updates its website with traffic safety ideas and facts, including the following statistics regarding distracted driving or accidents involving cell phone usage:
Adult motorists (who aren’t driving a commercial car) may speak on a cell phone while driving in Georgia today. A driver may not text, email, or look at a phone and drive. Penalties may include:
If a police officer pulls you over for texting or you’re involved in a distracted driving accident in Atlanta, you should contact the experienced attorneys at Kaufman Law, P.C., for a free consultation.