Georgia Distracted Driving Law Worries Workers
ATLANTA, GA. – April 19, 2018 (myajc.com) A potential new law in Georgia on distracted driving is worrying some workers about job performance, according to a news report by myajc.com.*
In March, the Georgia legislature passed a bill that would outlaw use of hand-held devices while driving. The state already has a ban on texting while driving, but the new law extends the prohibition to all use of hand-held electronic devices.
While the bill seems like a positive thing for safety on Georgia’s roads, some workers are concerned about losing their abilities to work from their phones during drive time. With how instant-access most jobs have become, some employees are worried about losing sales, losing opportunities, and missing important calls because of the law. Particularly inside heavy-traffic areas like Atlanta, commuters potentially have an hour or more of downtime stuck in traffic during which they can normally catch up on phone calls. The law would make that illegal.
Lawmakers say that any slight decrease in work productivity is worth the potential lives saved by the law. But other lawmakers are not convinced the law will be as effective as many believe. While studies have tied texting and driving to increased accidents, there is not the same evidence to support increased risk while talking on a cell phone. In addition, some lawmakers argue the law unfairly disadvantages people who do not have new cars or expensive cell phones.
The law allows for cell phone use if the phone is in hands-free mode. Hands-free mode requires some level of technology in one’s phone or car. Many Georgians do not have voice command cell phones or Bluetooth car features, which means they cannot use their phones at all in the car.
Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal is expected to sign the bill into law, making it effective sometime in July. Montlick & Associates has publicly supported the bill.
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