O.C.G.A. Sec. 40-6-241.1, effective July 1, 2010, prohibits ALL drivers from texting with a wireless telecommunications device while operating a motor vehicle in Georgia. The Georgia State Patrol has stopped issuing warnings and will now write $150 tickets for violations. And, those under 18 cannot use a cellular telephone at all while driving. Adults can use cell phones while driving, but the use must be “proper” and must not be distracting. Headsets are now permitted by O.C.G.A. Sec. 40-6-250 provided they do not impair the driver’s ability to hear.
Georgia law also now requires adults in pickup trucks to wear seat belts. Georgia has had a primary seat belt law since 1996 but pickup trucks were exempted until this year.