As the state's traffic crashes became more frequent and severe, law enforcement efforts were "unenforceable" because they couldn't determine whether a driving "is texting or simply dialing a telephone number." (Photo: Shutterstock) As the state's traffic crashes becamemore frequent and severe, law enforcement efforts were"unenforceable" because they couldn't determine whether a driving"is texting or simply dialing a telephone number." (Photo:Shutterstock)

Distracted driving is a pervasive problem throughout the UnitedStates, and various states have enacted their own measuresto tackle the issue. In Georgia, where fatal crashes increasedat three times the national average, the Hands-FreeGeorgia Act was signed in 2018 by then-Gov. Nathan Deal to curbdistracted driving.

After going into effect on July 1, 2018, thelaw virtually closed all loopholes and prohibited anycellphone use in a driver's hand. Even with hands-free technology,"drivers cannot write, read or send text messages, emails, socialmedia content and other internet data while on the road."

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Denny Jacob

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