Distracted Driving FAQs

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Answers to your most frequently asked questions about distracted driving in Georgia.

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What constitutes distracted driving under Atlanta, GA law?

Georgia’s distracted driving law prohibits drivers from holding or supporting with any part of their body a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device while operating a motor vehicle on the state’s highways. It also bans writing, sending, or reading any text-based communication, watching movies, or recording videos on these devices while driving, with specific exceptions for emergency situations and professional duties.

How does Georgia’s Hands-Free Law affect drivers in Atlanta?

Under the Hands-Free Law, drivers in Atlanta are not allowed to hold a phone or use any part of their body to support their phone. Use of hands-free technology is required for phone calls and GPS navigation to comply with the law.

Can I be cited for distracted driving in Atlanta if I’m stopped at a traffic light?

Yes, under Georgia law, drivers can still be cited for using their phones or engaging in distracted driving behaviors even if stopped at a traffic light. The law applies whenever you are operating a vehicle on public roads.

What are the penalties for distracted driving in Atlanta?

Penalties for a first conviction of distracted driving in Atlanta include a fine of $50 and 1 point on your driving record. Penalties increase with subsequent offenses, leading to higher fines and more points on your license.

How does distracted driving impact fault in auto accident claims in Atlanta?

If a driver is found to be distracted at the time of an accident, they can be deemed at fault or partially at fault for the accident. This can affect the outcome of insurance claims and lawsuits, potentially reducing the compensation they can recover.

Are there any exceptions to the Hands-Free Law for drivers in Atlanta?

Exceptions to the Hands-Free Law include emergency personnel performing official duties, drivers reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, a crime or delinquency, and drivers using a phone solely for navigation or for emergency purposes.

How can I prove another driver was distracted during an auto accident in Atlanta?

Evidence can include police reports, witness statements, phone records, in-car camera footage, and admission of distracted behavior by the other driver. An auto accident attorney can help gather and present this evidence to support your claim.

What should I do if I witness a driver engaging in distracted driving in Atlanta?

If you witness dangerous driving behavior, you can report it to the local authorities by calling 911. Provide a description of the vehicle, license plate number, location, and nature of the distraction. Do not attempt to follow or confront the driver.

Can passengers be held responsible for distracting a driver in Atlanta?

While Georgia law primarily targets the driver for distracted driving, passengers who actively distract a driver could potentially be implicated in contributing to an accident, especially in civil lawsuits for damages.

Are there educational programs or initiatives in Atlanta aimed at reducing distracted driving?

Yes, Atlanta and the state of Georgia have several initiatives aimed at reducing distracted driving, including educational programs in schools, public awareness campaigns like “Drive Alert Arrive Alive,” and partnerships with organizations dedicated to promoting safe driving practices.

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