Distracted Driving and Cell Phone Usage in Georgia
Cell Phone Use While Driving Now Illegal in GA
As of July 1, 2018, it is against the law in Georgia to hold a cell phone while you’re driving. The only legal way to legally talk on your phone when you’re behind the wheel is through a Bluetooth or hands-free device in your car.
While this change creates a new traffic offense called Distracted Driving, it may lead to bigger criminal charges for some individuals. For example, if a police officer believes he sees you holding your cell phone while driving, he may pull you over for that infraction and find other incriminating things as well (smell of alcohol or marijuana in the car, a clearly visible handgun, etc.). A minor traffic offense could turn into probable cause to arrest you for a DUI or other serious crime.
Driving while using your cell phone is dangerous and will soon be illegal. Don’t let that become the start of a bigger case against you.
Be safe on the road. And call us if you need help with your case.