Beginning July 1st drivers will no longer be allowed to hold or support a phone with their body. Though this bill is new and law enforcement will be working to educate all motorists in the first few months, drivers should not expect to automatically receive a warning if they are stopped from violating the Hands-Free law. Georgia is now the 16th state in the nation to enact a law banning drivers from having a cell phone in hand. For our clients at The Fogle Law Firm, this law could have a negative impact, as it is another way that your immigration status could be questioned if stopped.
What is prohibited:
- Sending and receiving e-mails
- Posting on social media
- Browsing the internet
- Having a phone in hand when stopped for a traffic signal or stop sign
However, drivers can text if they are using technology that converts voice to text messages. In addition, watching and recording videos are not allowed except for video that is used for navigational purposes and continuously running dash cams.
It is legal to make a hand-held phone call or send a text email to social media post when the vehicle is lawfully parked. Drivers will be allowed to have a phone in their hand to make an emergency call to report a traffic crash, criminal activity, fire, medical emergency or hazardous road conditions.
Who is exempt under the law:
- Law enforcement officers
- Fire and EMS personnel and employees
- Contractors of utility companies.
- All are exempt under the law, providing the call is related to their official duties or while responding to a utility emergency.