What Drivers Can, Can't Do Under Georgia's New Anti-Texting Law

6:24 PM, Jul 2, 2010   |    comments
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It's day two of Georgia's "no-texting while driving" ban. The new law prohibits drivers from texting and using other kinds of text based communication behind the wheel.

Here are the answers to some of your questions about the new law.

  • Am I breaking the law if I use my phone to surf the web while driving?


    The law prohibits drivers from "using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, or internet data."

    Macon Police Deputy Chief Mike Carswell told 13 WMAZ this week that once the one-month grace period is over, they'll cite people who surf the web while driving.

 

  • Can I still use my phone's GPS while driving without violating the law?


    State Representative Allen Peake says attorneys for the state legislature say using GPS on a mobile device while driving doesn't violate the law because using the phone as a navigation device is not prohibited. But, he says ultimately, that would be up to a judge to decide.
  • Is it illegal to play games on my mobile device while driving?

    The law does not specifically prohibit playing games on a phone or other wireless device.

The law does not apply to people reporting a traffic accident, emergency or potential crime. The law also excludes anyone engaged in wireless communication while lawfully parked and law enforcement officers, EMS workers, firefighters or other public safety responders using mobile devices while performing their duties.

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