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Georgia's Distracted Driving Law is Beginning to Show Signs of Positive Results


April 20, 2021

GEORGIA - A news article published on AJC.COM states that new crash data is showing that additional enforcement and extra publicity about Georgia's distracted-driving law may be changing the behavior of some drivers.  According to the AJC.com article, traffic tickets for distracted driving have increased, and traffic accident fatalities have fallen.  Moreover, recent surveys are reporting that most Georgia residents are now fully aware of the hands-free driving law, and it appears that Georgia drivers are attempting to comply.  A new analysis published this weekend stated that Georgia motorists are spending less time on their cell phones.

Some safety advocates predict that the new law will take over a year before the law's full impact will be noticeable.  However, the positive data points are encouraging.

Safety experts now agree that distracted driving has become the leading cause of traffic fatalities in the United States.  According to AAA, drivers who engage in texting are up to eight times more likely to be in a crash.  The death toll was the major reason the Georgia legislature passed the Hands-Free Georgia Act.

In January of 2020, an Atlanta Journal-Constitution survey discovered that 45 percent of study respondents stated that they obeyed the hands-free law all the time, and another 40 percent stated that they obeyed the law most of the time. A AAA survey released last week claims about 77% of Georgians know of the law. 

The Georgia Hands-Free Law prohibits drivers from handling their cell phones or any other electronic devices while they are driving.  Drivers are permitted to play music, talk, and otherwise use electronic devices as long as the driver uses hands-free technology.

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Source:

https://www.ajc.com/news/state--regional-govt--politics/early-evidence-shows-georgia-distracted-driving-law-makes-difference/CGIcW4RSJXl83wqCGYLOYO/

Category: Auto Accidents

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