Law Enforcement Targets Distracted Driving in Georgia
GEORGIA – According to an online news report posted at 41nbc.com, law enforcement officers targeted distracted driving during a week in early April across the state of Georgia. The increased enforcement was an effort to raise awareness of the dangers of distracted driving and educate drivers in the state.*
April is Distracted Driving Awareness Month, and to join in raising awareness, law enforcement officers in Georgia cracked down heavily on distracted driving in the state during the week of April 8 through April 12.
Since July 2018, it has been illegal to drive in Georgia while holding a cell phone or other electronic device. This is part of the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which states that drivers can only hold electronic devices if they are legally parked or are making an emergency call. Otherwise, drivers need to use hands-free technology in their vehicles.
Georgia State Patrol says it has issued more than 15,000 citations for violation of the hands-free law since July. During April 8 through April 12, Troopers ramped up their enforcement of the law even more. For instance, in only two hours on the morning of April 11, officers pulled over more than 100 people in Houston County.
“We come today to tell you that to be distracted as a driver, you choose to be distracted,” said Georgia State Patrol Liaison Maurice Raines. “And we want you to know today that if you choose to be distracted, you’re going to choose to be pulled over by us.”
While most of the attention in distracted driving efforts is focused on cell phone use, officers say that activities like searching for something in the car, eating or drinking behind the wheel, or interacting with passengers also constitute distracted driving.
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