Doug Turnbull gives you the basics on the new traffic law going into effect July 1.

Driving through Atlanta? Put down your cellphone

Georgia’s new hands-free law means you can’t hold your cellphone while driving

Georgia’s new cellphone law will affect July 4 holiday travelers who normally drive through Atlanta on their way to Florida, the Great Smoky Mountains or other Southern destinations.

What does the law mean to you? If you are driving through Atlanta, put down your phone. For that matter, if you are driving through Georgia, put down your phone, use a hands-free device and limit the things that you do with a cellphone while the car is in operation.

The new law takes effect Sunday.

Things to know about Georgia’s hands-free cellphone law

What’s legal, what’s not for drivers using cell phones?

Advice from driving safety advocates on the hands free law

Gadgets and holders to help you follow the new phone law

Warning: There is no grace period

RELATED: Listen to a WSB Radio podcast with answers to driver’s questions about Hands-Free Georgia Act

On Reddit: AJC’s David Wickert AMA about Georgia Cellphone Law

Atlanta traffic updates for your drive

If you are driving through Atlanta, get live traffic reports around the clock from News 95.5 and AM 750 WSB

Outside Atlanta, you can listen online with the WSB Radio app

For updated traffic information from the state of Georgia, dial 511 or visit 

LATEST ATLANTA TRAFFIC NEWS: Get news about wrecks, stalls and road projects that may slow you down from the AJC.

July 4 starts early in Atlanta with the annual AJC Peachtree Road Race from Lenox Square to Piedmont Park. This photo shows the starting line from the 2017 race.
Photo: Branden Camp/AJC

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