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A Focus on Distracted Driving and DUI in Georgia

Posted by Richard Lawson | Nov 25, 2018 | 0 Comments

As a Georgia DUI Lawyer, I receive many calls concerning DUI and other traffic violations in Georgia. A common traffic violation I see quite a lot is texting while driving in Georgia. Most Georgians are unaware of how serious the charge is. 

In today's post I will outline the offense of texting while driving in our state.

Texting While Driving in Georgia

O.C.G.A. §40-6-241.2 defines texting while driving or by law distracted driving in Georgia as:

(a) As used in this Code section, the term “wireless telecommunications device” means a cellular telephone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a stand alone computer, or any other substantially similar wireless device that is used to initiate or receive a wireless communication with another person.  It does not include citizens band radios, citizens band radio hybrids, commercial two-way radio communication devices, subscription based emergency communications, in-vehicle security, navigation devices, and remote diagnostics systems, or amateur or ham radio devices.

(b)(1) No person who is 18 years of age or older or who has a Class C license shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while 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.

(2) No person shall operate a commercial motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while:

(A) Holding a wireless telecommunications device to conduct a voice communication;

(B) Using more than a single button on a wireless telecommunications device to initiate or terminate a voice communication;  or

(C) Reaching for a wireless telecommunications device in such a manner that requires the driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position properly restrained by a safety belt.

If convicted of texting while driving in Georgia, the convicted individual will be guilty of a misdemeanor which can include a fine up to $150.00. 

Practice Note

The new law has led to many more routine traffic stops which typically leads to more investigations - including those for DUI in Georgia. 

If you or a loved one has been arrested for DUI or has been cited for distracted driving, contact a Georgia DUI Attorney today. We handle all different types of traffic violations and can walk you through your case. 

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Richard Lawson

Richard Lawson has devoted his entire career to DUI Defense. He exclusively handles DUI Cases. As a former DUI Prosecutor he knows both sides of your case. Put his experience to work for you. You only have 30 days to protect your right to drive. Call now for immediate attention. We are available 7 days a week, 24 hours a day.

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