Distracted Driving

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Citations for distracted driving have jumped in the past year since Georgia made it illegal to drive while holding a cellphone.

A state law that took effect July 1, 2018, prohibits drivers from holding a cellphone while they're behind the wheel. They can only make calls using hands-free devices with their phones.

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Starting this Sunday, Georgia drivers will no longer be able to hold phones while driving. We were curious about which other activities have been considered unsafe while driving. A little digging revealed that ever since humans sat behind the wheel, they've found reasons to take their eyes off the road — and at some time and place in American history, laws have been proposd to ban just about all of them. One of the first distractions? The car radio. 

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Georgia's new hands-free driving law goes into effect Sunday, July 1. The Georgia General Assembly passed House Bill 673 earlier this year, and last month it was signed by Governor Nathan Deal. This new law requires drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data while holding your device is prohibited.


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The 2018 legislative session wrapped up just after midnight last night.

I talked with the AJC’s Political Insider Jim Galloway about the winners and losers of this year’s legislative session.

  

RICKEY BEVINGTON: Let's start with hands free driving. What are the new rules that people are going to start having to obey?

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Georgia's 40-day legislative session wraps up at midnight on Thursday, and that means lawmakers have just over 48 hours to pass new laws.

GPB’s Bill Nigut, host of Political Rewind,  joined me in the studio to talk about what is happening in the final sprint.

RICKEY BEVINGTON: So let's start with three bills that have already been secured. Governor Nathan Deal has signed the adoption bill, the mid-year budget, and tax cuts. What is in those?