The Act prohibits holding any electronic device or using text-based communication while driving. Drivers are further prohibited from watching or creating videos. These prohibitions exclude: electronic headsets; smart watches; navigation systems; dash cam systems; and programs that convert voice messages into text messages. Commercial vehicle drivers are prohibited from using more than a single button to engage in voice communication or reaching for a communication device in an unsafe manner. Violators will be fined and assessed points to their license based on the amount of times that they have previously violated this Act. Notably, these provisions do not apply when the violation occurred while reporting an emergency; when made by a utility service provider in response to an emergency; when made by public safety first responders pursuant to their duties; or when lawfully parked.
Brandon M. Kopp & Caleb L. Swiney,
HB 673 - Motor Vehicles and Traffic,
Ga. St. U. L. Rev.
Available at: https://readingroom.law.gsu.edu/gsulr/vol35/iss1/8
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