Driving and Texting now banned in Georgia

I lived for four years in the beautiful state of Georgia. While its traffic leaves much to be desired, Georgia offers great recreation, outdoor activities almost year round and a moderate climate most of the year (though the summers do get hotter than a cat on a hot tin roof).

Finally, Georgia catches up with the times and passed a law banning driving and talking or texting by drivers 17 or younger. In the same law, adults 17 and older are banned from texting and driving. A huge step forward in driving safety, in my humble opinion. Georgia drivers tend to drive long distances on some very dangerous roads and highways. The more steps we take to encourage safe driving habits, the safer everyone is – whether they are commuters on a bus or commuters driving solo.

A lot of accidents are caused by people who are not paying attention. I’d walk and bike more easily if I knew that drivers were not texting and driving and teens were not distracted by phone calls and driving. Of course, there are people who do not agree with the law. They may feel this infringes on your rights or they feel that they are safe drivers regardless, but the truth of the matter is that a distracted driver is a dangerous driver to themselves, other drivers and pedestrians.

I hope the next law Georgia passes bans biking and texting or walking and texting. Both are dangerous in their own rights, too. Drivers aren’t the only ones who can cause accidents because they are distracted!

One response to “Driving and Texting now banned in Georgia

  1. I decided to do something about teen distracted driving after my three year old daughter was nearly run down right in front of me last fall by a texting driver. That incident changed me but I don’t hate texting. The way I see it, that would be like hating nightfall – 72% of teens text every single day – some over 3000 times a month. The texting drivers I spoke with, including teens and truckers, all said that laws and Big Brother type software devices that “lock down” their phones would not deter them at all. They feel their civil liberties slipping away. So I built a tool called OTTER for the individual to help manage their texting on their terms.

    OTTER is a comprehensive text management system for the home, office and certainly, the highway. It has GPS based Parental Control Feature for teen drivers, a GPS Mode for adults who choose to use it and an Auto reply with unlimited customized responses. We are getting 4.5 to 5 star rating from the tech community and great response from teen groups and safety organizations. We have heard of teens and business people alike using OTTER to schedule their own “texting blackout periods” so they can get some focused work done without feeling disconnected from their social network. If a someone uses OTTER like this, then we think they will see the benefit of OTTER’s road safety features. We are not going to stop until change hits our roads and not just our laws.

    Erik Wood, owner