Study Shows Gwinnett County Ranks Third in Georgia for Distracted Driving Convictions
GWINNETT COUNTY, GA – According to a news reportreleased by the Gwinnett Daily Post, a study reveals that Gwinnett County ranks third in the state of Georgia for distracted driving convictions.
A study published by ValuePenguin shows that in 2018, Gwinnett County has taken distracted driving seriously, having a conviction rate that ranks third in the state of Georgia, behind Jackson and Long County. Gwinnett County’s distracted driving conviction rate in 2018 was 5.4 convictions per 1,000 residents, with Jackson County having 5.72 convictions per 1,000 residents, and Long County having 8.71 convictions per 1,000 residents.
Hands-Free Georgia Act – Distracted Driving Laws
The reason for an increase in distracted driving convictions is primarily because of the Hands-Free Georgia Act, a set of laws that went into effect in July of 2018. The Act aims to treat distracted driving much like driving under the influence or driving without a seatbelt – conduct which the general population recognizes as dangerous. While the penalties for distracted driving are not as severe as those for driving under the influence, the overall goal of distracted driving penalties is to prevent accidents. So far, that goal is being met.
After implementation of the Hands-Free Georgia Act, Gwinnett County substantially increased distracted driving convictions. In 2018, Gwinnett County had 2,481 more distracted driving convictions than it did in 2017, with most of the increased convictions coming in the second half of 2018.
Gwinnett County Sees Decrease in Distracted Driving Accidents
Following the enactment of the Hands-Free Georgia Act, Gwinnett County has experienced a drop in the number of distracted driving accidents. Lilburn has witnessed the greatest decrease, with 884 reported distracted driving accidents as of early March 2019, which is down from 1,091 distracted driving accidents for the same time period in 2018, an 18.9% decrease. Duluth has also seen a decreasein distracted driving accidents, noting a 12% decrease, while Snellville reported an 8% decrease in distracted driving accidents, and Norcross saw a 5% decrease in distracted driving accidents.
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