Do You Support a Proposed Cell Phone Ban for Drivers in Georgia?

Legislation introduced this legislative session would ban the use of phones while driving unless the phones were hands-free devices.

There is another attempt in the Georgia legislature during the current session to get a law passed that would ban the use of cell phones while driving.

According to Biz Journal, Rep. Rahn Mayo (D-Decatur) is the chief sponsor of the legislation, which reportedly aims to prevent drivers from using hand-held phones while driving in Georgia. It does, however, allow for the use of hands-free devices. There are already laws against texting while driving.

It is not the first time Mayo has attempted to get cell phones banned, but he has been unsuccessful in the last two years to get enough votes in the House to move the bill over to the Senate. He's hoping the third time will be a charm. Mayo reportedly said passing the bill would save lives.

Do you support such a ban and do you believe the Geogia legislature will get it passed this year?

Nathan Horton February 07, 2013 at 04:02 PM
Hey, the old law isn't working, let pass a new law...that will work for sure. Brilliant. ...meet the new boss, same as the old boss...
Karsten Torch February 07, 2013 at 04:06 PM
I think the cell phone use is just a symptom, probably not the major problem. The major problem is people are, generally, stupid, and you can't legislate intelligence. People that stop in the left lane because they're about to pass their turn on the right, or people that apply makeup while driving, read the newspaper, text, swerve, change lanes without signaling, drive slow in the left lane, stop on entrance ramps, stop and back up because they've missed their exit ramp, come to a stop in order to make a right turn into a driveway, take your pick. It's far too easy to get a license, and we expect nobody in this society to be responsible drivers and pay attention. People still text while driving, no reason to think they'll stop using cell phones just because there's a law. Just sayin....
fylicia February 08, 2013 at 03:02 PM
It's absolutely unfathomable that GA doesn't have a law already against using a handheld phone while driving. People are already reckless drivers, allowing them to use their hands on a phone while driving just adds fuel to the flame. Get with the times, GA!!
Eric T February 13, 2013 at 01:48 PM
Well said, Mike. I have to drop off work materials every workday and go up and down 400 around 10 or so in the morning. Each and every day I see droves of minivan moms that are talking on the phone, not paying attention to the lights, cutting people off, etc., etc. On the flip, I'll then end up behind someone crawling on 400 because they're on the phone and have totally checked out of their surroundings. All the typical nanny state arguments here are the typical response in Georgia, eh? I have a right to do any and everything. I see a lot LESS people texting and driving than I used to since that law has come into effect. That's just me, so obviously if I've seen it, it's working to some extent. So, stop the bogus argument that laws come on-board and aren't followed and don't do anything. Yes, there are plenty of people that don't follow the law, but there are plenty that are including many that were guilty of being moronic texting drivers before the law that are following it. The evidence from the studies is so clear, crystal clear, talking while driving is more dangerous that being a bit over the legal limit in terms of alcohol. That's a big deal. Why does everyone have to be on the phone at all times? It used to be that we had to worry about just plain bad drivers. Now it's twenty other devices that they're using while driving making the situation worse. A car is a weapon, let us not forget that.
Eric T February 13, 2013 at 01:50 PM
Ever wait behind someone pulling out of a parking space with their head tilted to their shoulder because they're on the phone? I have, plenty of times. And I wait and wait and wait for them to get out of the spot because they can't seem to pull out of the spot correctly because they're so obsessed with balancing their phone. Not to mention a handful of times that I've seen someone either hit a bumper or another object doing it.


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