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.