On July 1st, a new distracted driving law went into effect here in Georgia. This law was made in response to an increasing problem that the 2010 texting while driving law wasn't addressing. But will this new law succeed where the old one failed? The fighting attorneys from Macon want to find out.
Over a year ago, we brought you the story of an Uber driver who had been hit at over 100 mph. The driver of that car was allegedly using Snapchat at the time of the crash. So, the wife of the Uber driver sued Snapchat, but the judge dismissed the claim. Now, an appeals court has handed down a ruling about the Snapchat speed filter-reigniting an almost forgotten case.
Governor Nathan Deal signed House Bill 673 (Hands-Free Georgia Act), Georgia's distracted driving law. Distracted driving is a major cause of car accidents in our state and across the US. Georgia's new law was passed in remembrance of five Georgia Southern University nursing students who died in a 2015 truck accident. The truck's driver later admitted that he was using a mobile phone before the crash.
What is Georgia's "Yield Behind the Wheel" initiative?
The Georgia Department of Transportation recently released its data on Georgia car crashes for the year. The data shows 996 deaths related to car accidents. Police say that many of these deaths are directly related to distracted driving. Texting and driving caused many of those. Texting and driving is illegal in Georgia.
Car accidents are a leading cause of death for people ages 15 to 20, and now that school is back in session, it is important to drive home the dangers of distracted driving to your teen drivers. According to Pew Research Center, 73 percent of teens in 2015 had access to a smartphone. Another 15 percent had access to a basic mobile phone. And in a July 2016 survey conducted by State Farm, the majority of teens surveyed admitted to knowing that driving while distracted by a phone was dangerous. However, many of those teens admitted that they have driven distracted before.