LaGrange Police Say that Georgia Hands Free Law is Reducing Accidents
LaGRANGE, GA – According to an online report at wrbl.com, LaGrange police are noting that the Georgia Hands Free law is working to reduce accidents and injuries*
Statistics generated from the LaGrange Police Department demonstrate that accidents and injuries have been reduced following the enactment of the hands free law back in July of 2018. Specifically, the police state that there has been a seven percent reduction in accidents and fifteen percent lesser injuries between 2017 and 2018.
According to the Marketing and Communications Director for the City of LaGrange, “[t]he LaGrange Police Department is reporting a 7% reduction in motor vehicle collisions and a 15% reduction in injuries reported in 2018 compared to 2017 as a result of the Hands-Free Distracted Driving Law that went into effect July 1st, 2018.”
The new hands free law requires that people must use hands free technology when behind the wheel. Specifically, the law provides as follows: drivers cannot hold or support a phone or other electronic device while driving. Furthermore, drivers are prohibited from sending emails and text messages while driving as well as reading text messages and emails. Lastly, drivers cannot watch videos on their cellphone or device when behind the wheel. This also includes being prohibited from recording a video on a cellphone or other electronic device.
Back in 2017, the LaGrange Police Department conducted an investigation of two thousand for hundred forty six accidents with four hundred forty five involving injuries. There was one death. During that year, the police issued 37 distracted driving citations.
In 2018, police investigated two thousand two hundred ninety vehicular accidents with three hundred seventy seven involving injuries. There were two deaths reported in this year. These deadly accidents occurred to a bicyclist and an individual illegally driving a dirt bike on a city roadway. During this year, the LaGrange Police Department issued ninety nine distracted driving citations.
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