Georgia Drivers Reminded to Put Away Phones While Driving

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety- 

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Georgia State Patrol and local law enforcement agencies are asking drivers to go “Hands Free for Safety” or risk being handed a ticket for violating Georgia’s hands-free law.

The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration has designated April as National Distracted Driving Awareness Month with April 8th designated as the  “Connect2Disconnect’ national enforcement day.

GOHS and its 16 regional traffic enforcement networks will be conducting distracted driving enforcement operations throughout Georgia during the entire month, with the goal to save lives and reduce crashes.

“Georgia’s hands-free law is saving lives, but we still see too many drivers with a phone in their hand when they are on the road,” Governor’s Office of Highway Safety Director Allen Poole said.  “For those who are pulled over for having a phone in their hand, do not ask for a warning because this is your warning to park your phone when you are driving.”

According to NHTSA, the number of traffic crash deaths linked to driver distraction accounted for almost nine percent of all fatalities in the United States in 2019.  Drivers in the 15-19 age group had the largest proportion of drivers who were distracted at the time of fatal crashes at nine percent.