On the last day of the legislative session Georgia became the 16th state to pass a law prohibiting people to drive while holding a cell phone.
Director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, Harris Blackwood stated that the law is needed to make Georgia roads safer. He says insurance rates in Georgia, and the number of people injured and killed in cell phone-related collisions, have skyrocketed.
Blackwood added there are so many crashes that are symptomatic of texting and driving – rear-end collisions, departure of the roadway on the right, crossing the centerline, striking an object and so on – that the state has lost a lot of lives in the last three or four years.
Blackwood said the rules as outlined in the new measure are easy to understand.
We’ve posted a video from the Georgia Governor’s Office of Highway Safety explaining that new law: