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Georgia: Cell phone laws, legislation

State Rep. Rahn Mayo’s legislation from the 2011-12 sessions has again been filed which outlaws using handheld mobile phones while driving through the streets in Georgia. Currently, only teen drivers are restricted from using cell phones.

It was in late December 2012 that Mayo’s new legislation, House Bill 31, was prefiled as his previous and similar handheld cell phone bill, HB 67, was not approved by the House in early 2012.

The Department of Driver Services reported in late October 2012 that Georgia has issued only about 1,300 tickets under the distracted driving laws that went into effect two years ago. Georgia legislation bans texting by all drivers while state law prohibits only teens from using cell phones while behind the wheel. Records showed that so far under the cell phone law, only around three dozen drivers (under the age of 18) were cited.

State Sen. Horacena Tate of D-Atlanta, is reportedly planning to file cell phone legislation for the 2013 session as well. It would also prohibit the use of hands-free devices while driving. Mayo said he was not aware that Horacena plans to file the same bill.

It was reported that Gov. Nathan Deal has not taken a position on a hands-free law.

Current prohibitions include:

1. Banning all drivers from text messaging. Its fine is $150.

2. Prohibiting drivers under the age of 18 from using cell phones, regardless of whether a hands-free device is attached. It also includes the use of computer. Violation has a fine of $150.

3. Not allowing school bus operators from using cell phones while driving, if there are passengers inside the bus.

Previously, Representative Mary Margaret Oliver, D-Decatur, had presented the cell phone driver bill in Georgia. She filed the bills HB 19 and 21 for the 2009 legislative session, but they were disapproved. Her HB 174 which banned teen drivers to use cell phone while driving also failed to become law in 2007.

Georgia’s law prohibiting school bus drivers from using mobile phones while on the road was enacted in August 2007.

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Source: Hands Free Info Com

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