The new law against texting while driving is a great move for road safety. Another law, which has gotten less attention but may be just as important, is a ban on use of any wireless device - mobile phones, smartphones, etc. - by anyone under 18. Both laws carry a $150 fine for violators and one point on their license, and went into effect on July 1st. They could have gone further, certainly, but it's great to see Georgia getting more serious about safe driving.
Read the full language of the texting bill here. Click here to read the under-18 bill.
The news media and state of Georgia did a great job informing people about the new law on radio, TV, and newspapers. Advocates celebrated. Then on July 4th, I saw this cyclist texting while bicycling (ironically while wearing a shirt that says 'txt') and I wondered, does the law apply to bicycle riders, too?