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HB 673 - Prohibits Use of Handheld Technology While Driving - Georgia Key Vote

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Title: Prohibits Use of Handheld Technology While Driving

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Title: Prohibits Use of Handheld Technology While Driving

Vote Smart's Synopsis:

Vote to concur with Senate amendments and pass a bill that prohibits using handheld electronic devices while driving.

Highlights:

 

  • Prohibits physically holding an electronic device while driving unless it is being used to navigate the vehicle or for global positioning system (GPS) purposes (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits writing, sending, or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, email, or website while driving (Sec. 4).

  • Prohibits watching a video or movie on any device, regardless of whether it’s being held, while driving (Sec. 4).  

  • Prohibits recording or broadcasting a video while driving unless the device is used for the sole purpose of continuously recording or broadcasting video within or outside of the vehicle (Sec. 4).

  • Authorizes the use of voice-recognition technology to send a message while driving (Sec. 4).

  • Authorizes the use of an earpiece, headphone device, or device worn on a wrist to conduct voice-based communication while driving (Sec. 4).

  • Authorizes the use of radios, emergency communication services, medical equipment, or in-vehicle security, navigation, or remote diagnostics systems while driving (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that none of these provisions apply when a vehicle is lawfully parked (Sec. 4).

  • Establishes a fine of $50 for a first offense, $100 for a second, and $150 for any subsequent offense within a 2-year period (Sec. 4).

  • Specifies that these provisions do not apply to the following (Sec. 4):

    • Drivers reporting an accident, crime, or serious threat to traffic or public safety;

    • Commercial truck drivers using a 2-way radio;

    • Utility services responding to a utility emergency; and

    • Law enforcement, firefighters, ambulance drivers or other public safety personnel.

Title: Prohibits Use of Handheld Technology While Driving

Title: Prohibits Use of Handheld Technology While Driving

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