Georgia bill aims at cell phones

| Monday, February 10, 2003

A Georgia lawmaker wants to prohibit drivers’ use of hand-held cell phones. 

HB83, introduced by state Rep. Bobby Parham (D-Milledgeville), would permit only “hands-free” devices in moving vehicles.

Only New York has a similar state law, The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported. The Georgia Legislature last year killed seven bills that would have limited cell phone use while driving.

Parham told the newspaper his bill had a better shot at success this session for two reasons: New studies show hand-held phones are a driving hazard, and improved, cheaper hands-free technology is now available.

The infraction would be a secondary offense, meaning police could ticket drivers only if they were pulled over for some other offense. Violators would be fined $15.

The bill would exempt emergency calls.

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