Smyrna looking to bar motorists from using cell phones while behind the wheel

SMYRNA, Ga. — City officials here are set to debate an ordinance that would prohibit drivers from using cell phones without a hands-free device.

The city council meets tonight to hold a second public hearing on the “experimental regulation.” City Councilman Derek Norton sponsored the ordinance.

If approved, the ordinance is effective starting April 2. It will remain in effect until May 31, 2020, “unless sooner repealed.” Drivers who violate the ordinance, if approved as is, face a fine up to $150.

As part of the measure, the city notes “the Georgia Legislature, to date, has partially addressed not enacted legislation fully covering the prohibition of handheld mobile telephones and portable electronic devices while operating a motor vehicle.”


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