Hands-Free Driving Law

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Nearly 1,000 people have been ticketed for handling a cellphone while driving since the Hands-Free Georgia Law took effect July 1, officials say.

According to the Georgia State Patrol, 961 drivers were caught violating the law during its first month. The law makes it illegal to handle a cellphone with any part of the body, GPB News previously reported.

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New Georgia Laws In Effect Now

Jul 2, 2018
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July 1 marked the first day many new Georgia laws went into effect.

While the hands-free driving law might be the most well known addition, keep in mind that it's not the only one to be aware of.

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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 Hands-Free Georgia Law takes effect July 1, and will change the way drivers are allowed to use their devices while they drive.

Officers plan to pull drivers over for holding or supporting their phones with their bodies, Atlanta police Major Elder Dancey told GPB News.