Jeffrey E. Johnston

Are a lot of drivers disobeying Georgia’s new ban on handheld use?

Earlier this summer, it officially became against the law to use a handheld phone while driving here in Georgia (unless it is in hands-free mode). However, despite this and the major dangers connected to this type of distracted driving, it appears that this conduct remains very common out on the state’s roads. This is what a recent AAA survey of drivers in the state suggests.

Of the surveyed drivers, 75 percent said that have seen other motorists driving with a phone in hand since the new law went into effect at the start of July.

It seems unlikely that lack of knowledge of the new law is behind the seemingly high level of motorists not following it. For the survey also points to knowledge of the new law being very widespread among drivers. Nearly all of the surveyed drivers, 98 percent, reported being aware of the law.

Why do you think it seems to be so common for drivers to not obey the state’s new law against handheld phone use while driving? What do you think it will take to bring the occurrence level of this type of distracted driving down significantly in Georgia?

A person can face major changes in his or her everyday life following being seriously injured in a car accident caused by a driver who disobeyed Georgia’s laws against distracted driving. Thankfully, such crash victims are generally not without options for seeking relief. Personal injury claims could provide a route to fair compensation. Car accident attorneys can assist victims of distracted driving accidents with such claims.

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