Whenever the #Georgia Hands-Free Act was signed, it brought about many questions about what is and what isn't allowed. The law officially goes into effect on July 1st. We're here to break it down for you! Our information is straight from headsupgeorgia.com.
You can still talk on the phone while driving, but you must do so hands-free. You may use your speakerphone, Bluetooth connection, an earpiece, etc. You can touch your phone to dial, answer, or end calls. For our top picks on inexpensive, hands-free products, read here.
While driving, you cannot have your phone in your hand, lap, etc. You cannot hold your phone while you are stopped at traffic signals or stop signs, either.
You may listen to your regular radio apps, such as Spotify, Pandora, iTunes, etc. while driving, but you cannot activate these apps while driving. Get into the habit of activating these apps before you get on the road.
Furthermore, music cannot be listened to with an earpiece or headphones.
You cannot FaceTime, Skype, etc. while driving even if it is done so hands-free. This act prohibits recording or broadcasting videos of any sort while behind the wheel. The only time a video is acceptable is if it is done so for navigation. Dash cams are acceptable, however. For our top dash cam picks, click here.
You cannot read or send text messages even if you are doing so hands-free. This includes emails, social media, and other relatable internet apps. Voice to text is allowed.
The penalties for the Hands-Free Act are discussed here.