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The Hands-Free Georgia Act: What’s legal, what’s not

Prohibited

  • Holding or supporting, with any part of the body, a wireless telecommunications device or stand-alone electronic device (for example, an iPod).
  • Writing, sending or reading any text-based communication, including a text message, instant message, email or internet data while holding your device.
  • Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).
  • Recording a video.

Allowed

  • Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology.
  • Using a GPS system or mapping app.
  • Wearing and using a smartwatch.
  • Using an earpiece to talk on the phone.
  • Using radios, CB radios, CB radio hybrids, commercial two-way radios, subscription-based emergency communication devices, prescribed medical devices, amateur or ham radios, and “in-vehicle security, navigation or remote diagnostics” systems.
  • There are circumstances where you can handle an electronic device while driving: Reporting a traffic accident, medical emergency, fire, a crime or delinquent act or a hazardous road condition. You can also use your hands if you’re lawfully parked (not at a stoplight — “lawfully” means off or beside the road in an area open to parking).
  • Some people are exempt from the hands-free requirement if they’re performing official duties: police, firefighters, emergency medical personnel, ambulance drivers, other first responders and utility employees or contractors responding to a utility emergency.

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