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What to Know About Georgia’s New Distracted Driving Law

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. Under the new law, drivers must use “hands-free” technology if they are using mobile phones or other electronic devices while driving. You cannot perform the following actions once the new law goes into effect: Holding (or supporting with any part of the body) an electronic device. Smart watches do not count. Writing, sending or reading text-based communications. This includes emails, text messages, instant messages or other internet data while holding your device. Watching videos or movies that are not related to the navigation of…
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What is Georgia’s Yield Behind the Wheel Initiative?

What is Georgia’s “Yield Behind the Wheel” initiative? Harvest season is upon us, and in Georgia that means an increase in the number of tractors and farm equipment on rural roads. You’ve probably seen a tractor or two already, but what you might not know is that farmers are putting their lives on the line every time they take a tractor onto the road with cars. The relative lack of protection afforded by tractors means that farmers are exposed to a serious risk of injury and even death in car accidents. According to reports, last year, there were nearly 500 vehicle crashes involving farm and construction vehicles. 185 resulted in injuries while 12 led to fatalities. These accidents are completely preventable, one of the factors that makes these injuries and deaths so tragic. Many of these accidents result from the negligence of other drivers. Speeding in particular is a major…
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People Killed in Georgia Car Crashes Numbers Near 1,000 This Year

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. Police also said that another big reason for deaths in car accidents this time of year is due to speeding and tailgating. They recommend that drivers give themselves extra time to get to their destinations so that they don’t feel the need to engage in these dangerous behaviors. Texting and Driving Statistics in Georgia In 2008, an online survey revealed Georgia as the state with the third-highest rate of texting and driving in the country. Up to 37 percent of drivers admitted to have texted while driving that year. Younger drivers were more likely to have engaged in…
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