Hands Free Law for Georgia
To decrease the numbers of distracted drivers Georgia’s governor Nathan Deal signed into law the regulation House Bill 673 commonly as the “Hands Free Law” effective July 1st, 2018. This act was preceded by the “Texting and Driving Law”.
The New Rules of the Road
- A driver cannot have a phone in their hand or use any part of their body to support their phone. Drivers can only use their phones to make or receive phone calls by using speaker-phone, ear-piece, wireless headphone, phone is connected to vehicle or an electronic watch. GPS navigation devices are allowed.
- Headsets and earpieces can only be worn for communication purposes and not for listening to music or other entertainment.
- A driver may not send or read any text-based communication unless using voice-based communication that automatically converts message to a written text or is being used for navigation or GPS
- A driver may not write, send or read any text messages, e-mails, social media or Internet data content
- A driver may not watch a video unless it is for navigation.
- A driver may not record a video (continuously running dash cams are exempt)
- Music streaming apps can be used provided the driver activates and programs them when they are parked. Drivers cannot touch their phones to do anything to their music apps when they are on the road. Music streaming apps that include video also are not allowed since drivers cannot watch videos when on the road. Drivers can listen to and program music streaming apps that are connected to and controlled through their vehicle's radio.
There is NO requirement that an officer observe another violation or write any other citation to enforce this new law
Penalties Per Conviction:
- 1st – 1 point and $50.00 fine
- 2nd – 2 points and $100.00 fine
- 3rd or more – 3 points and $150.00 fine
The hands-free law does NOT apply to the following electronic communication devices and the following devices can be used by the driver when on the road: radio, citizens band radio, citizens band radio hybrid, commercial two-way radio communication device or its functional equivalent, subscription-based emergency communication device, prescribed medical device, amateur or ham radio device, or in-vehicle security, navigation, or remote diagnostics system.