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Understanding Georgia’s Texting while Driving Law
Posted on 09/27/2013 by AKilgore | 0 Comments
We’ve all received text messages while driving. And as a resident in the state of Georgia, I know not to text while I’m driving. So what do I do? I wait until I pull up to the stop light to read and respond to my message. My vehicle isn’t moving, so technically I’m not texting while driving, right? Wrong.
To my surprise, in the state of Georgia, you can be cited if you are seen texting while sitting at a traffic signal. That’s right, sitting, stopped, not moving. You’re probably thinking the exact same thing I did, “isn’t the law called “Texting while driving?” That seems to imply that texting is only illegal if you are driving.
But interestingly, Georgia’s law doesn’t distinguish between texting in a moving vehicle versus one that is stopped. Although Georgia enforcement of the texting law has been minimal in most counties, Gwinnett County convicted more drivers of texting while driving last year than all of Georgia’s counties combined.
If you live in Georgia or plan to visit, remember that the law prohibits texting while driving a motor vehicle—which includes texting while sitting in traffic at a traffic signal.