Spinning our Wheels

Spinning our Wheels is a commuting blog about the challenges of getting around Atlanta by car, bus, MARTA, bicycles and on foot written by transportation reporter David Wickert

Tell us: What do you think of Georgia’s distracted driving law?


Georgia motorists, prepare to put down your phones.

Gov. Nathan Deal recently signed the Hands-Free Georgia Act, which prohibits motorists from holding their phones while driving. You can still talk, listen to music and even text – as long as you’re using hands-free technology. You can find a detailed explanation of what’s legal and what’s not under the law here

The new law takes effect July 1. And while officers in some police departments may issue warnings instead of citations initially, there’s no grace period built into the law. 

In the meantime, we’d like to hear from you. What do you think of the law? Is it a long-overdue check on our bad driving behavior? Is it a scam designed to generate more revenue from traffic tickets? 

If you’re willing to be quoted in an upcoming article, contact me at dwickert@ajc.com.


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David Wickert writes about transportation issues for The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He previously worked for newspapers in Washington state, Illinois, Virginia and Tennessee.