Police Crack Down on Distracted Driving in Georgia
GEORGIA - Fatal auto crashes are occurring more often in South Georgia, and in response to the higher number of tragic deaths, police are cracking down on distracted driving by bringing in state led operations, according to WALB.COM. The campaign, known as Operation Rolling Thunder, started this month in Albany, Georgia. Police already issued a number of citations, warnings and arrested others for distracted driving.
Police indicate that the program is not just about laying down the law, but also about educating people about the serious risks, effects and overall danger involved with not paying attention and driving. The police presence flooded specific high traffic areas with officers looking for distracted people behind the wheel.
Distracted driving plays a major role in the rising death toll on Georgia roads in recent years. As a result, the state previously passed a hands-free law that prevents drivers from holding their phones while driving, with exceptions. The aim is to get Georgia driver hands off cell phones and back onto the steering wheel. Traffic fatalities are down 10 percent this year as compared to the same period last year. Some believe this is due to the Hand's Free Georgia Act.
Proponents of the law argue that the law will and has already saved lives and reduced the number of deadly crashes that occur across the state. Some critics argue that the law is ambiguous, confusing and hard to legally enforce as is. One exception is that phones can be used if a person is reporting an accident, a medical emergency, a fire or crime or hazardous road conditions. Phones also can be used if a person is parked, which does not mean merely stopped in traffic. Others are confused about whether a GPS system on a phone can be used the way the law is currently written among many other scenarios not explicitly spelled out in the current law. Still, others say that the details will eventually be explained by Georgia courts or the legislature and that the complaints miss the big picture. One thing is for certain, however, distracted driving leads to human error and it should be avoided at all cost.
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Sources:https://www.walb.com/2019/12/13/increases-fatal-wrecks-bring-operation-rolling-thunder/ and https://www.wsbtv.com/news/local/atlanta/everything-you-need-to-know-about-the-hands-free-law-before-sunday/779647231/