Georgia Motorists Urged to Put Down their Phones When Driving
According to the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety (GOHS), it is urging drivers to park their phones before they get behind the wheel.*
The GOHS is putting out an alert to all operators of vehicles that if they do not park their cellphone when driving, they could face a ticket that imposes hefty fines pursuant to the new Georgia hands-free law.
Per the Georgia Department of Transportation, the amount of crashes due to distracted driving has increased by over four hundred percent over the last ten years. Back in 2016, there were over 25,000 accidents in Georgia that are associated with driving while distracted, which was listed as a major factor in causing the crashes. This is compared to the 5,784 distracted driving crashes in 2006.
“The passage of the hands-free law was a big step in the effort to reduce the rising number of traffic deaths on our roads in recent years,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director said.
Per the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA), operators of vehicles who are using their cellphone are four times more likely than others to be in an accident; this makes their odds of being involved in a crash by over twenty three percent, should they be, e.g., texting or sending an email. Data from the NHTSA demonstrates that drivers who are between the ages of sixteen and twenty four are the worst offenders regarding using cellphones while driving. Since 2007, this cohort has been observed by police using cellphones or other electronic devices while driving more than any other age group. In fact, eight percent of individuals who were killed in accidents involving teenage drivers back in 2017 died due to distracted driving.
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