Legislation that would ban hand-held cell phone use while driving failed to go anywhere this year in the Georgia General Assembly.

More than 8,000 citations issued in first 6 months of hands-free law

Since it went into effect July 1, Georgia’s hands-free law has resulted in more than 8,000 citations statewide. Harris Blackwood, the director of the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety, said that based on preliminary numbers, the law has been a contributing factor in the decrease in traffic fatalities this year. The law prohibits drivers from using their phone while driving.

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Augusta Chronicle