Unexpected dangers, which can be as mundane as another driver merging into your lane or slamming on the breaks, can be catastrophic when paired with distracted driving, which the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration says caused almost 3,500 deaths in the United States in 2016.
What is distracted driving?
Anything that takes your attention off the road can be a driving distraction. Some common examples include:
- Texting or talking on the phone
- Eating or drinking
- Reaching for items on the floor or in the backseat
- Adjusting the music selection or climate controls
Georgia's distracted driving laws
In Georgia, it is illegal for any adult to read, write or send a text message, instant message or email while driving. The law also prohibits those under 18 years old from using any wireless device while driving. A new law put in effect July 1 makes it also illegal for any drivers to hold their phones, watch videos or record videos while driving.
Adults are legally able to talk on the phone if you use hands-free technology. Adults can also listen to streaming music while driving, if doing so does not require touching a phone.
One of the best ways to avoid a traffic accident is to drive distraction free, so you can respond immediately to any potential dangers. After all, you never know what you might encounter on Atlanta's roadways.