Senate passes bill to allow use of hands-free devices while driving

On the eighth legislative day, the Georgia Senate heard their first bill on the floor. And it breezed through.

The bill, SB 306, was proposed by Sen. Bill Heath (R-Bremen) and will clarify the use of hands-free devices while driving. Essentially, if you are driving, the bill would allow you to use a bluetooth-type devices.

“Drivers who want to be safe on the road and use hands-free devices should not be penalized for using good judgment,” Heath said. “The legislature creates enough laws, so it is about time we start reducing the burden on citizens. With this clarification, citizens can be safer while talking on the phone and operating their vehicles.”

Heath said as the law is currently written, there was always lingering confusion about the devices. Occassionally, officers across the state would ticket drivers for using them.

“Everybody agrees with this. The only issue is if someone amends it. But this one is so clean. There was not even a single question,” Heath said afterwards. “Basically, if you are going to drive and talk on the phone, you should use a hands-free device.”

Heath’s bill passed 48-0 and will now move over to the House of Representatives.

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joe hall

January 29th, 2010
5:47 am

most drivers in atlanta have all they can do, to drive their car safely, let alone talk on phone.

winkasdad29

January 29th, 2010
10:35 am

Too bad it wasn’t taken one step further – hands free device required to use cell phone while driving. That would also get rid of the texting while driving as well. Why do the people under the Gold Dome do everything half-way?

Ryan V

January 29th, 2010
10:52 am

Only in Georgia would it be illegal to use a device that makes driving while talking on the phone SAFER. Rather then banning texting why don’t we just require hands-free devices like other states (which would also effectively ban texting)?

Esperantisto

January 29th, 2010
1:50 pm

Actually talking while driving isn’t save even on bluetooth. There is a negligible improvement in safety (if any). The issue with phone conversations is concentration, not using one’s hands…

KimZ's Package

January 29th, 2010
1:54 pm

I should be able to anything I want to do. We have way too many laws already. I should be able to do anything I want to do until I hurt you. If I don’t hurt you then I don’t need a law about something that might happen. I thought this was the LAND of the FREE not the freeloaders.

Pi$$onaDawg

January 29th, 2010
1:57 pm

I guess all you people drive in total silence right. You don’t talk to your spouses or children in the car? Sorry I am capable of talking and driving quite well thank you. I can even walk and chew gum.

Base

January 29th, 2010
2:38 pm

Hands free is unsafe and these wackos ought to ban it.

Jane

January 29th, 2010
4:14 pm

Whine, Whine, Whine. All you whiners are probably the same chronic doomsayers that predict if Sunday alcohol sales are allowed that everyone will be drunk on Sunday, if the bar closing times are made later that the streets will be filled with drunks and if the concealed carry gun laws are relaxed that there will be shootouts at the airport and blood will flow in the streets. Nobody takes you seriously but your predictions of impending doom are funny to read. Keep up the good work.

OneFreeMan

January 29th, 2010
4:22 pm

Hands free should be banned…It extremely difficult driving with my knees. :)

peachy456

January 29th, 2010
10:44 pm

I am happy that this is all being clarified, but, the legislature should stop taking out of our pocket books!!! Hopefully the tax on cell phone bills won’t go up! Has anyone heard about this?

Bubba

January 30th, 2010
11:41 pm

Drivers who talk on either handheld or hands-free cellular phones are as impaired as drunken drivers, according to experimental research conducted by Drs. Frank Drews, David Strayer, and Dennis L. Crouch of the University of Utah. http://www2.potsdam.edu/hansondj/Drivingissues/20060830105036.html

electricbluebird.etsy.com

February 1st, 2010
6:24 am

Gonna be a typical year…eight days in and we’ve got laws for ‘no texting while driving’ and ‘hands free ok while driving’. We need to fix a billion and a half dollar budget shortfall so we will save that for day 38 or 39!

Ace

February 1st, 2010
4:47 pm

Ban cell phones, the towers are ugly. They control you.