Georgia Officials Kick Off Distracted Driving Awareness Month Ahead of Masters
AUGUSTA, GA. – According to a news report posted online at augustachronicle.com, Georgia officials have kicked off Distracted Driving Awareness month. The event begins just in time for the Masters golf tournament, which will bring thousands of people to the area of Augusta, Georgia, by way of Georgia roadways.*
The Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS) launched Distracted Driving Awareness Month during the week of April 8. The initiative starts right in time for a major influx of visitors to Georgia and the Augusta area for the Masters Tournament. The Masters begins April 11 and runs through April 14.
The GOHS is joining the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to tackle distracted driving during the month of April, with increased enforcement of distracted driving laws and education designed to prevent distracted driving.
Georgia has an anti-distracted driving law on the books — the Hands-Free Georgia Act — that includes a fine and points on driver’s licenses for violations. Since enactment of the law, Georgia State Patrol Troopers have issued more than 15,000 citations for distracted driving violations.
According to the Richmond County Sheriff’s Office, law enforcement will be watching for violations of Georgia’s hands-free law, but Masters attendees might receive warnings on a case-by-case basis. Out-of-town visitors are more likely to receive warnings, but officers have the discretion to ticket anyone in violation.
“While everyone knows the law, breaking a lifelong habit is not easy for so many who don’t realize the danger they are putting themselves, those riding with them, and pedestrians in when they are talking, texting, or doing anything else on their phone while driving,” said Allen Poole, director of the Georgia GOHS.
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