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
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