The Hands-Free Georgia Act was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2, 2018, and will take effect on July 1, 2018. For more information on the law and FAQ, visit http://www.headsupgeorgia.com/handsfree-law/.
The use of mobile phones in the Pilot Car / Escort Vehicle Industry while under a load has been a hot topic of discussion for many years. The state of Georgia has recently passed a law that will fine motorists for simply having a phone in their hand at all while they're driving. While this law obviously impacts more than just P/EVOs, we just want you to know that while you're driving in Georgia, don't pick up your phone!
Furthermore, this new law has special restrictions that apply to commercial motor vehicles, stating "commercial motor vehicle drivers can only use one button to begin or end a phone call and they cannot reach for a wireless telecommunications device (such as a cellphone) or stand-alone electronic device so that it no longer requires the driver to be a seated position or properly restrained by a safety belt.". Let your truck driver know!
Georgia is now the 16th state to ban hand-held devices for all drivers in the state. For information on other states with similar laws, click here to view a list provided by the NCSL.