These days, most adults have come to rely on a smartphone or similar device to assist with daily tasks. Certainly handy, a few clicks and swipes can pay a bill or allow the user to check in with friends, find directions and even order takeout. These devices may now seem like second nature, and some people may not realize that using one while driving is not only dangerous, but can result in tickets for traffic offenses in Georgia.
Police in Georgia are stepping up efforts to catch motorists in the act of distracted driving. Certainly, a driver should not be looking away from the road to use a device because accidents can happen in a split second. It is also against the law to use such a device without the help of a hands-free technology.
Police warn that the Hands Free Law is a bit more broad than the name. A driver can still get in trouble if a phone is in his or her lap, or sitting on the center console. The police report that over Memorial Day weekend, about 20 people were ticketed for violating this law in some way.
When a person receives a traffic ticket in Georgia, he or she may be tempted to just sign on the dotted line and pay the fine to avoid the headache of going to court. A driver should not do this if he or she does not feel that an infraction was committed. An accusation is not proof of guilt, and police will have to attend the traffic court date and offer evidence that a driver has broken the law. Sometimes, it is advisable to bring an experienced attorney on board to help ensure that a driver is not held responsible for traffic offenses he or she did not actually commit.