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Georgia Legislators Propose Bill Banning Handheld Devices While Driving

Distracted driving accidents killed 3,328 people in 2012 according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). Data show that drivers under age 20 are among the highest risk group.

Consulting a Clayton County attorney after an auto accident involving a distracted driver enhances a victim's ability to receive a reasonable settlement. If you have been injured in an automobile accident involving a distracted driver in Clayton County you should discuss your case with an auto accident attorney at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.

All drivers in Georgia are prohibited from texting while driving. The law forbids using a cell phone, computer, email or instant messaging device, text messaging device, PDA or similar wireless device to write, send, or read text data while driving.

Some Georgia legislators have proposed a complete ban on handheld devices while driving. Georgia bans texting while driving, and it restricts the use of any handheld device by bus drivers and those who are under 18 years old. The proposed bill would restrict the use of handheld devices by all drivers, regardless of age, while permitting hands-free devices. The new regulation would be a "primary law," which would allow law enforcement to stop any driver for violating the law without requiring that they commit any other violation.

A version of the new distracted driving ban bill has been sent to the Georgia House Motor Vehicles Committee. The bill will be debated until a final version is either approved for potential approval before the whole Georgia state legislature, or is killed in committee.

If you or someone you know has been hurt by a distracted driver, meet with a Clayton County auto accident lawyer at the Law Offices of Shane Smith.


Shane Smith
Advocate for the Seriously Injured in Georgia