As The Atlanta Journal-Constitution reported last week, local police departments are preparing to enforce Georgia’s new distracted driving law, which takes effect this Sunday.
The new law prohibits motorists from holding a phone or other electronic device while driving. A first offense will cost you $50 and one point on your driver’s license (motorists who accumulate 15 points in a 24-month period lose their license). A second offense costs $100 and two points, while a third costs $150 and three points.
But there’s a little-discussed provision of the law that could help you get a distracted-driving citation tossed out.
Under that provision, any person appearing in court for a first offense who produces a hands-free device or proof of purchase of such a device will not be guilty of the violation. The idea is to give you a chance to show you intend to comply with the law in the future.
Think of it as a “get out of jail free” card. The provision requires you to affirm you have not used such a “card” in the past – so you can’t keep producing receipts to get out of subsequent violations.