The Georgia Hands-Free Law prohibits drivers from engaging in the following activities while driving:
1. Hold a cell phone or support a cell phone with any part of their body.
2. Write, send or read any text message, email, instant message or any other internet data related message while driving. However, using the voice to text function is allowed.
3. Watch a video or movie on their cell phone. GPS and navigation devices are allowed.
4. Record or broadcast a video on their cell phone. Continuous running dash cams are allowed.
5. Touch their cell phone to activate or program and streaming music app. Listening to streaming music is allowed but a driver will need to activate or program the app before getting on the road.
If you find it necessary to respond to a message or take a call while you are driving, pull over before reaching for your cell phone. Or if you have a passenger in the vehicle with you, ask them to help you with any messages or any other functions involving your cell phone.
The use of a cell phone is not prohibited when it is needed to report a traffic accident, or a medical or fire emergency. Cell phone use is also permitted to report a crime or a road hazard that would cause serious injury.
The Georgia Hands-Free law also generally requires a driver to exercise due care while operating a motor vehicle. In other words, a driver should not engage in distracting behavior while driving.
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If you have been injured in a car accident caused by a distracted driver on the Georgia roadways, please contact the legal team at Katz Wright Fleming & Dodson, LLC today at (404) 460-0101 for a free initial consultation. You may be entitled to compensation for your damages.