Survey: Georgians Aware of Hands-Free Law, Using Cell Phones Anyway
ATLANTA, GA. – August 30, 2018 (fox5atlanta.com) An online article at fox5atlanta.com examines a recent survey regarding the new Hands-Free Law in Georgia. Its results suggest that while almost all drivers in the state know about the law, many of them are choosing to ignore it.*
The Hands-Free Georgia Act went into effect in July, making it illegal for drivers to use any handheld electronic devices. In a recent survey of 1,200 Georgians by AAA, 98 percent of participants said they were aware of the new law. But 75 percent of participants said they had still seen people using cell phones while driving, and 60 percent said they had still seen people texting while driving. In other words, drivers in Georgia know the law bans cell phone use, but they’re using their cell phones anyway.
Since the beginning of the Hands-Free Law’s enforcement, nearly 1,000 citations have been issued to drivers violating the law. With the first citation, people will be fined $50 and receive one point on their driver’s licenses. The fine moves up to $100 and $150 with the second and third violations and adds more points onto the drivers’ licenses. However, after three violations, the punishment doesn’t increase. Could this be the reason for drivers’ willingness to violate the law?
Georgia State Patrol says despite the large number of citations issued so far (which was actually lower than Troopers expected), Troopers anticipate a continued presence of rule-breakers, drivers who are not following the Hands-Free Act. Troopers and local law enforcement will continue issuing citations as stated within the law, unless something changes at the legislative level.
Georgia became the 17th state in the U.S. to adopt a hands-free law. The U.S. Department of Transportation says these types of laws have contributed to a decrease in motor vehicle accidents during a two-year period to the tune of more than 15 percent.
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