breaking news

Former Trump attorney sentenced to prison

Should Georgia require drivers to use hands-free phone technology? Take our poll


A state House of Representatives committee studying distracted driving held its last meeting Monday and will soon begin crafting recommendations on how to combat the problem.

One likely solution: Requiring drivers to use hands-free phone devices in their cars. Current Georgia law already prohibits anyone under 18 with a learner’s permit from using wireless devices while driving. It also prohibits adults from texting while driving.

But police officers say it’s hard to enforce the law. Is that driver texting or merely dialing their phone? It’s hard for officers to tell. A solicitor, a judge and several sheriff’s deputies told the House committee Monday that prohibiting any hand-held use of electronics would make the law easier to enforce and make Georgia roads safer.

The committee is expected to release its recommendation in December. In the meantime, what do you think? Should Georgia drivers be prohibited from fiddling with their phones or other electronic gadgets? Register your opinion below. And if you’re willing to be quoted in an article, contact me at dwickert@ajc.com.

 


Reader Comments


Next Up in Spinning our Wheels

Roswell police chief to retire months after city approves external review of department
Roswell police chief to retire months after city approves external review of department

The Roswell police chief announced Wednesday he is leaving his post at the end of the year, months after several of his officers became the subjects of misconduct investigations. Rusty Grant, who has been the chief since 2013, is retiring effective Dec. 30. Captain Helen Dunkin is set to become the interim chief. “The Roswell Police Department...
First date turns tragic: Florida woman run over on I-95 after falling off motorcycle
First date turns tragic: Florida woman run over on I-95 after falling off motorcycle

A Florida woman’s first date with a man she met online ended tragically, as her body was found -- run over several times -- on I-95 in Broward County, the Sun-Sentinel reported. >> Read more trending news  Jennifer Amy St. Clair went on a motorcycle ride with her date and two other couples Thursday around 10 p.m., leaving from...
Young boy sentenced, man indicted in accidental killing of Cobb girl
Young boy sentenced, man indicted in accidental killing of Cobb girl

The case of a 14-year-old girl accidentally shot to death by a pre-teen boy has so far resulted in one sentencing and one indictment. A Cobb County jury formally charged Jahleel Brown of second-degree murder on Thursday. That charge became law in July 2014, and is for when “the death of a child results from criminal negligence,” said...
UPDATE: Man pleads guilty to shooting roommate in SW Atlanta, dumping body in Alabama
UPDATE: Man pleads guilty to shooting roommate in SW Atlanta, dumping body in Alabama

A man pleaded guilty to fatally shooting his roommate in southwest Atlanta in 2014, sending a picture of the body to a friend and dumping it in Alabama, Fulton County prosecutors said Wednesday. Teon Graham, 26, was sentenced to life in prison on a number of charges, including murder and concealing a death. Graham confessed to shooting and killing...
Community Lens for Dec. 13
Community Lens for Dec. 13

Calling amateur photographers! Have you taken a great picture that you’d like to share with the world? One with action, great lighting and/or interesting subjects? E-mail it to communitynews@ajc.com. Please no selfies, for-profit promotional pics, group shots or anything you wouldn’t want your grandma to see.
More Stories