Pending the signature of Gov. Perdue, it will soon be illegal to text while driving.
In sweeping legislation, the Senate and the House also voted to ban teens from using cell phone while driving. The two bills, one of the sponsors said, would significantly change the culture of Georgia’s roads forever.
“This is a good day for Georgia because we have addressed a dangerous, growing trend – texting while driving,” said Rep. Allen Peake (R-Macon).
The two bills that passed were:
•HB 23, sponsored by Rep. Matt Ramsey (R-Peachtree City), which bans Class D drivers – mostly teens – from talking on their cell phones while driving.
•SB 360, which would ban texting by all drivers. Sponsored by Sen. Jack Murphy (R-Cumming), the bill will be known as the Caleb Sorohan Act, named after a Morgan County teenager who died while texting.
“A year ago, Rep. Ramsey tried to pass this bill,” said David Belton, a member of the Morgan County Board of Education. “If that bill had been a law then,