Hands-free laws are all the rage, whether we like it or not.
Can I Make Calls?
- You can only make or receive calls if you are using the speakerphone function of your phone, or have external devices such as headphones, blue-tooth headset, wireless headphones, or if your phone is connected to your vehicle.
Can I Watch Videos?
- Hopefully you have NEVER watched a video while driving! The only appropriate time you can watch a video while driving is if it is for navigation.
Can I Text, or Update Social Media?
- You cannot draft, send, or read any texts, emails, social media, or general internet content while driving. If something is important to the point that you MUST send or read it now, park in a parking lot or parking space and take care of it. Nothing is worth the possible (and HIGHLY likely) accidents and injuries you may sustain or cause as a result of looking down at your phone while driving.
Can I Record Video While Driving?
- You cannot record video unless the camera in use is continuously running and you are not operating it in any way. Similar to texting, recording a video while driving takes your attention off of the road. Even if you are jamming out to your favorite song and want to share it with your friends – I can guarantee that those same friends would readily sacrifice the video for your safety and well-being.
- Blue-tooth and hands free calling devices still allow you to communicate while driving, without the dangers of being distracted by a screen. Consider using one of these devices out of respect for those you love, and for yourself!
- You can use your phone if you need to report a traffic crash, medical emergency, fire, criminal activity, or hazardous road conditions.
- IF you are a utility service provider employee acting within the scope of their employment while responding to an utility emergency.
- IF you are a first responder (law enforcement, fire, EMS) during the performance of their official duties.
- IF your vehicle is parked – this DOES NOT include being stopped at a stop sign or a red light.
These new laws should not be taken negatively. If you really stop and think about taking 1, 5, 10, or more seconds to look at a phone or other device instead of the road and OTHER PEOPLE driving – it is absurd. We have all done it, but now is the time to respect ourselves enough to stop.
If you would like to learn more: Here’s the link from Georgia about hands-free law.