A cell phone law went into effect in Georgia in 2018 to help combat distracted driving. It requires drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving.

The following are prohibited under Georgia’s cell phone law.

• Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications

device or stand-alone electronic device (for example, an iPod)

• Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text

message, instant message, e-mail or internet data while holding your device

• Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of

your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen)

• Recording a video

The Georgia cell phone law allows the following:

• Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology

• Using a GPS system or mapping app

• Using an earpiece to talk on the phone
• Wearing and using a smart watch

• Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, a crime or delinquent act or a

hazardous road condition

Drivers can use their phones while “lawfully parked,” which does not include momentary stops at red lights and stop signs.

Check out the video below to learn more about Georgia's cell phone law.

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