Ga. texting ban goes into effect

ATLANTA – Would-be texters beware!

A new state law that prohibits motorists from texting while behind the wheel takes effect tomorrow. Under the law, anyone convicted of texting while driving would face of up to $150.

“A lot of accidents are caused by drivers becoming distracted, and texting is definitely a sure way to distract drivers,” Neighbor Newspapers quoted Henry County Police Capt. Jason Bolton as saying.

“When a driver is texting, it shows a total disregard for safety,” The Moultrie Observer quoted Moultrie Police Chief Frank Lang as saying. “… When you text while driving, you put your own life in danger as well as others.”

The Associated Press reported that the Georgia State Patrol will wait until Aug. 1 before strictly enforcing the new law.

Another law the state legislature passed this year prohibits teens under the age of 18 years old from using cell phones while behind the wheel.

Meanwhile, another driving-related bill took effect earlier this month. The new law closes a loophole and requires both the driver and passenger of a pickup truck to buckle up.

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