Georgia lawmakers are eyeing a bill that would enact a hands-free driving law for Georgia and increase the penalties for distracted driving.
House Bill 673 would require drivers to store a cell phone anywhere except their hands. Drivers can mount cell phones on a car’s dashboard or set them on a passenger seat or console. They could still touch the phone, use voice-command or other hands-free technology to operate it. The bill would also penalize drivers with a $150 fine, plus a $300 distracted driving fine.
Approximately 15 states and Washington D.C. have similar hands-free laws, and 13 saw a 16 percent on average decrease in traffic fatalities within two years of passing and enforcing the new laws.