Not in Georgia anyway….
All Governor Sonny Perdue has to do is put his signature on the dotted line and TWD, texting while driving will be against the law in Georgia. On the final day of the General Assembly the Senate and the House voted to make sending text messages while you drive illegal and also passed a bill to ban teens from using cellphones while driving.
The two bills that passed were:
- HB 23, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), which would ban Class D drivers — mostly teenagers — from talking on cellphones while driving.
- SB 360, which would ban texting by all drivers. Sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), the bill will be known as the Caleb Sorohan Act, named after a Morgan County teenager who died while texting and driving.
Once the bill is signed into law if you are caught violating either of the laws, you could face a maximum fine of $150 and one point on your driver’s license. Critics say it is going to be difficult for police to prove that someone is texting instead of just making a call but supporters applaud state lawmakers for helping to save lives. About 20 other states in the country have also banned texting.
Oprah Winfrey will tape a show at Georgia Tech Friday encouraging people to sign a pledge not to text or talk while driving. The pledge called the “No Phone Zone” has been the subject of a number of Oprah shows this season.