Texting and Driving

In case you care, as of May 12, 2015, here are the new laws related to texting and commercial drivers.

O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2(b)(2):

No person shall operate a commercial motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while:

(A) Holding a wireless telecommunications device to conduct a voice communication;

(B) Using more than a single button on a wireless telecommunications device to initiate or terminate a voice communication; or

(C) Reaching for a wireless telecommunications device in such a manner that requires the driver to maneuver so that he or she is no longer in a seated driving position properly restrained by a safety belt.

O.C.G.A. 40-5-159(f):

Any person who drives a commercial motor vehicle while in violation of the provisions mandated under Code Section 40-6-241.2 shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $ 2,750.00 in addition to any criminal fines applicable to such violation. Any employer who knowingly allows, requires, permits, or authorizes a driver to drive a commercial motor vehicle in violation of Code Section 40-6-241.2 shall be subject to a civil penalty not to exceed $ 11,000.00.

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