Gov. Sonny Perdue is still undecided whether to sign a bill that bans texting while driving, his spokesman says.
Perdue is still "in the information-gathering stage," hearing from both supporters of the bill and those who think it cannot be enforced, said Bert Brantley.
Georgia's General Assembly this year passed Senate Bill 360, which bans texting and driving. Anyone caught texting behind the wheel would face a $150 fine and 1 point added to their license.
Some Central Georgia law enforcement officials told 13WMAZ that they think the new law would be a step forward, but that it would be difficult to enforce. They're skeptical that a patrol officer could tell whether a driver in a moving vehicle was texting, or whether motorists would be honest about that.
Brantley said Perdue has heard from both skeptics and from one of the bill's sponsors. He's also met with the family of a texting-while-driving accident victim.
As far as he knows, Brantley said, the governor is not leaning for or against signing the bill.
He says the governor has until June 8 to sign the bill or veto it. Otherwise, the bill automatically becomes law.
If he signs it, the bill would take effect July 1.
They would become primary law. That means officers can pull you over if they spot you texting while driving.