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Tips to Comply with the New Hands Free Law in Georgia

On Behalf of | Jul 30, 2018 | Firm News

“There is a new sheriff in town…” Well…same sheriff, but new law in Georgia. The new hands free law states that you are no longer allowed to use your mobile device while driving your motor vehicle. This means, you cannot read a text message, scroll on Facebook, use GPS, take a quick phone call, record videos or broadcast live while driving your vehicle.

And if you’ve been injured by a distracted driver, the personal injury attorneys at Powell and Associates will help you determine if you have a personal injury lawsuit. We will work to hold those responsible for the accident accountable and help you recover your losses. Continue reading to learn more about the new hands free law in Georgia and tips for compliance.

Using Bluetooth Devices while Driving

With Georgia’s new hands free law, your old Bluetooth devices are going to come in handy. While you may not be able to use your hands to answer calls and send text messages, you can use your Bluetooth device to do so! Bluetooth devices make it possible for you to keep your hands on the wheel and eyes on the road while still talking on the phone.

Set Your Phone to Auto-Answer

Setting your phone to auto answer is a great way to keep your hands on the wheel while driving. Your phone should have an auto-answer feature listed under Settings. While auto-answer can be inconvenient, it can also be the best form of advice when you are expecting an important call while driving.

Secure Phone to Dashboard if Using GPS

Let’s face it – you’re going to need your GPS at some point, especially when it comes to navigating Atlanta’s traffic. And the law isn’t suggesting you discard the GPS. Instead, the law is designed to help you to avoid the ramifications of distracted driving, which can include auto accidents and wrongful death. Secure your phone to your dashboard or vent while you are utilizing your GPS and make use of the audio function.

Put Your Phone Away When You Don’t Need It

Although it seems like a no-brainer, you’d be amazed at the number of people who treat their phone like another passenger – demanding an entire seat. If you are not using your phone for GPS or expecting a phone call, you do not need to have your phone out. This invites temptation to look at messages or other notifications. To be on the safe side, keep your phone out of sight.

Contact the Atlanta Personal Injury Attorneys at Powell and Associates

Although it’s best to comply with the new law, you can rest assured some drivers will continue using their mobile phone while driving. To date, distracted driving from cell phones has caused thousands of accidents, and the new hands-free driving law is designed to create safer roadways in Georgia.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a driver who was on or using their mobile phone, the Powell and Associates personal injury attorneys in Atlanta will help protect your rights. Our experienced Atlanta personal injury attorneys bring decades of experience helping those injured and wrong recover their losses.

Request a free consultation online, or give us a call at 844-475-2948.