Honestly, you may not know it, but I’m always paying attention to the political landscape. One thing I’ll point out is that I’ve never claimed to be a Democrat or Republican. With me, I’m supporting the candidate that have the best interest. Fast forward to this moment in Georgia and our Governor Nathan Deal. He’s done an outstanding job and now he’s focusing on those drivers that love to play with their phones. This is something that’s dear to me because my son is on the road. Another reason is that I’ve almost been hit several times by motorists and that pisses me off. I’ve stated many times to my wife that they need to make a law like DUIs. If you follow the news, you know that many people have lost their lives and one is too many.
Recently, Nathan Deal signed the new Texting While Driving Law. It’s not a new law, but an extension of the distracted law. With this texting law, hopefully law enforcement will target all the drivers on their phones. The fine for texting while driving may only be $150.00, it also carries one point on your driving record, which may result in higher insurance premiums or possibly even cancellation of your policy. You may be only fined $150.00, but with insurance in Georgia being so high you’ll pay more in the long run. For me, I’ve put a mount in vehicles to put my phone and not in my hand for no reason. When Governor Deal signed the deal, he didn’t even do it at the Capital. To show how important it was, he make it official at Georgia Southern University and will be law on July 1st.
The signing of The House Bill 673 took place in Statesboro. Five nursing students were killed in a highway crash back in April of 2015. To better help you out, below is what’s prohibited with the new law.
- Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device (for example, an iPod).
- Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, e-mail or internet data while holding your device.
- Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).
- Recording a video.
Do you get bothered when you see people texting and driving? Are you excited about the new law that Governor Deal signed? Have you had an accident when someone was texting and driving? Leave a comment below.