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HR 673 Motor vehicles; prohibit actions which distract a driver while operating a motor vehicle; provisions

Voted on Wednesday February 28, 2018

Michael Caldwell's thoughts

This legislation would require all driving and cell phone use be hands free. Its an incredibly well intentioned bill that has some serious flaws in execution.

A few that I've noticed off the bat:

The bill would make my dash cam illegal as it specifies that stand alone electronic devices recording the roadway are illegal. An amendment was offered to fix this, but only addressed the front windshield, which makes my rear dash cam illegal.

This bill allows for voice-to-text, but not touch text. It allows warrants for cell records, which do not distinguish between voice created text messages or hand created text messages. Does this not leave this completely unenforceable?

Most importantly though: A car at a complete stop is treated exactly the same as a car in motion under this bill. That means that if you are at a complete stop and touch your phone, you will be guilty of a misdemeanor and fined and have points added to your license. Each offense of this law (touch, then holding the phone, then texting) is treated as a separate count, which each adds fine and points to your license. All of this taking place while you are not in motion, and not causing danger.
This legislation is simply not appropriately vetted and not ready to be state policy.

More information on legis.ga.gov

Vote Totals

The table below breaks down the total number of votes, and marks the majority vote.

Voted Total % Majority Vote?
Yea 151 88.3% Majority Vote
Nay 20 11.7%
Did not vote 0 0%
Excused 0 0%

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