Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Commissioner Spencer R. Moore Addresses State Distracted Driving Study

September 28, 2017

WARNER ROBINS, GA--DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore on September 25th addressed members of the Georgia House of Representatives Study Committee on Distracted Driving at the committee’s second of four scheduled meetings around the state.  The committee’s first meeting was held on August 28th at the Georgia Capitol in Atlanta.  Its next meeting will be held in Savannah on October 10th.

In his presentation, Commissioner Moore provided committee members with an overview of the number of licensed drivers in Georgia, which geographic regions of the state report the most distracted driving citations to DDS, the consequences distracted driving violations have on a person’s driver’s license, and the public outreach efforts DDS engages in to warn drivers about the risks associated with distracted driving.

Copies of all presentations, including Commissioner Moore’s, can be found here http://www.house.ga.gov/Committees/en-US/DistractedDriving.aspx on the Georgia General Assembly’s website, along with meeting agendas.

Georgia law currently prohibits all drivers, regardless of age, from using a wireless telecommunications device to engage in writing, sending, or reading any text-based communication.  Teen drivers under the age of 18 who possess either a learner’s permit or a provisional license are prohibited from using a wireless telecommunications device for any reason, including voice communication, except in cases of emergency or if the car is lawfully parked.

Violations carry a $150 fine, $300 if a crash was involved, and 1 point being assessed against the person’s driver’s license.

According to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration, (NHTSA) distracted driving claimed the lives of 3,477 people nationally in 2015 and injured another 390,000.  An estimated 660,000 drivers use electronic devices while driving during the day.

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The Georgia House of Representatives Study Committee on Distracted Driving is the result of House Resolution 282 (2017) http://www.legis.ga.gov/legislation/en-US/Display/20172018/HR/282 and has been tasked with offering legislative recommendations in order to stem the growing highway safety concerns related to distracted driving on Georgia’s roadways.  The committee is chaired by Representative John Carson and is comprised of nine representatives.