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The Georgia General Assembly late Thursday approved House Bill 673, which would require drivers to use hands-free technology when using cell phones and other electronic devices while driving. But "hands free" isn't as clear cut as it sounds. Here's a look at what would and would not be allowed, assuming it is signed by Gov. Nathan Deal as expected.

Georgia distracted driving bill: What's legal, what's not? -AJC
https://www.myajc.com/news/state--r...l-what-legal-what-not/PZXchE0AqAi1H8r7X8XrZN/

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, e-mail or internet data while holding your device.

*Reaching for a device if it means you're no l6onger in a seated, driving position or properly restrained by a seat belt.

*Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).

Allowed


*Speaking or texting while using hands-free technology.

*Using a GPS system or mapping app.

*Wearing and using a smart watch.

*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.


You can learn more about HB 673 and the debate it sparked at myajc.com.

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*Watching a video or movie other than watching data related to the navigation of your vehicle (i.e., your mapping app or GPS screen).

I sometimes call mom on facetime, is that illegal now too? Unclear.

If talking to mom is criminalized l, then only the criminals will talk to moms.
 

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So does the Uber app fall under the navigation exception?
I can only assume yes, as long as it's in a holster type thing:

*Using a GPS system or mapping app.

but if you're accepting a text from a passenger with your hands, and are not 'safely stopped' then that could be an issue.

by safely stopped they mean, pulled over to the side, not stopped at a stop light.
 

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I wonder how long it will take for lawsuits based on distraction by SMS pushed by the app. I'd much rather they had gate code/apt details for the pickup and leave texts out of it. Hell, for the share they take they should be able to have a call center handle all this crap.

Not sure in what universe FaceTime video while driving has been safe or legal?
 
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