Georgia Drivers Will Face Fines If Caught Holding Cellphones

By: Amanda Cooper

March 30, 2018 - 5:59 pm

Drivers in Georgia who are caught holding their cellphones while behind the wheel will soon be facing a fine.  Pending the governor’s signature, Georgia will soon become the 16th state in the U.S. to enact a hands-free driving law.

The House gave the bill final passage Thursday night, and under the law, first-time offenders would be fined $50, with the fees increasing for repeat offenders. Proponents say drivers who look at their phones are mostly responsible for a recent spike in fatal crashes in Georgia and the resulting rise in auto insurance premiums.

First-time offenders could avoid the fine by appearing in court with proof that they have purchased a hands-free device.