Why Georgia Police Like the New Hands-Free Law
Police departments throughout Georgia vowed in 2018 to really drop the hammer on texting and driving. They did exactly that. New data from the state shows that more than 8,000 traffic tickets were handed out by the Georgia State Patrol since the Hands-Free Law began on July 1, 2018. This was the most significant change in the traffic laws of the state in many years. According to Trooper Cory Croscutt, the purpose of the law is just to keep people safe. He noted that troopers are on the look out daily for people talking on cell phones that are not hands-free. A reporter from Channel 2 in Gwinnett County rode with the trooper in early January on his daily route. He noted that Croscutt’s eyes were always looking around for any signs of drivers swerving or other signs the driver was not paying attention to the road. He noted that people have had plenty of warning about the new law. After the law had been in effect for six months, he said that he stopped giving warnings and mostly tickets. The trooper said the results of the new law have been positive; he is not seeing nearly as many drivers using their phones as they drive. Also, the hands-free law could be having an effect on the number of accidents and fatalities. Channel 2 Action News reviewed the numbers for 2018, and the number of fatalities has dropped from the year before. The data show there were 1,500 car accident deaths in 2017 and there were 100 fewer in 2018.