The Georgia State Senate Rejects Senate Bill 203 - Permiting Drivers to Touch Their Cellphones at Stoplights and Stop Signs
According to a news article on ajc.com, the Georgia Senate rejected Senate Bill 203. Senate Bill 203 would change the "Hands-Free Georgia Act" by permitting drivers to touch their cellphones while at stop signs and stoplights. The Georgia State Senate rejected SB 203 by a vote of 35-14.
If Senate Bill 203 was approved and signed by Governor Brian Kemp, drivers in Georgia would be permitted to handle their cellphones when their vehicle is at a "full and complete stop" at stoplights, stop signs, and while parked on the side of the road. However, the cellphone must be mounted to the vehicle's dash or windshield. Drivers still would not be able to hold their cellphones in their hands or on their lap.
Senator Frank Ginn, R-Danielsville, the Senate Bill 203's sponsor, stated that the current Hands-Free Law in Georgia makes "criminals out of law-abiding citizens." He believes that drivers should be able to touch their cellphones as long as the vehicle is stopped and it is safe to use their electronic device. Senator Ginn believes that police would then be able to pay attention to more dangerous driving behavior and criminal acts.
Safety proponents, car accident insurance companies, police chiefs throughout the state, and other people who oppose Senate Bill 203 state that phones are still a distraction when motor vehicles are stopped, and Senate Bill 203 would make the roads less safe.
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