News From Under the Gold Dome
by Halei Lamb | June 14, 2018 4:30 pm
Last Updated: June 13, 2018 at 4:13 pm
by REPRESENTATIVE BUTCH PARRISH, 158th District
I hope you are having a wonderful summer. I wanted to update you on a law that will take effect on July 1- the Hands Free Driving Bill. While texting and driving has been illegal in Georgia for some time, this new law makes holding your phone for any reason an offense.
I know some people think you can’t use your device at all, but the law just says you can’t support it with any part of your body. Drivers are allowed to use GPS, voice-to-text features, and can make and receive phone calls hands-free. Single-ear headphones and Bluetooth pieces are allowed. If a driver doesn’t have a Bluetooth-capable car or device, using an earbud with a mic on it (like the ones that come with most phones) will work. The bill also still allows for use of in-car navigation, communication, and entertainment systems.
Here is a quick look at what you can’t do. I hope you will take note and share this with your friends and family. We want everyone to be safe and law abiding!
HERE’S WHAT IS NOW ILLEGAL-
Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device (for example, an iPod).
Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data while holding your device.
Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).
Recording a video.
Penalties for breaking the law are-
First-time offenders get one point on their license and a $50 fine
The second offense is two points and $100
Third is three points and $150.
I remain dedicated to serving your interests as your state representative, and I hope that you will contact me with any questions or concerns you may have regarding the 2018 legislative session or with any proposals or recommendations for future legislation.
I am honored to serve the 158th House district and to continue to represent you as the Chairman of the House Health Sub-Committee on Appropriations. I also serve as a member of the Economic Development, Banks and Banking, and Rules Committees.
Please feel free to contact me throughout the session with your thoughts or concerns on pending issues, or whenever I can be of service. My legislative office is located in Room 245 of the State Capitol, and you can reach me by phone at 404-463-2247 or email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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Representative Butch Parrish