Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Supports National Distracted Driver Awareness Month
Georgia Department of Driver Services (DDS) Supports
National Distracted Driver Awareness Month
Thousands of Department of Driver Services (DDS) customers are seeing a crucial message about the danger of texting and driving this month as they visit driver’s licensing and testing centers statewide. For National Distracted Driver Awareness Month, the Agency’s closed captioned television screens highlight the danger of cell phone use — specifically, texting, talking, and social media use — which has become the most common distraction for drivers.
“Not only can you damage your driving history with additional fines and points, but you may lose your life.” said DDS Commissioner Spencer R. Moore. “I hope DDS customers will take this important message to heart and avoid any distractions while driving.”
The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) promotes Distracted Driver Awareness Month to focus on the dangers of distracted driving and to ultimately reduce the number of crashes and lost lives. In 2020, 396 people were killed as a direct result of accidents caused by texting and driving. That amounts to more than one death per day.
Commissioner Moore added, “Driving and texting are not only dangerous and irresponsible—it’s illegal.” Georgia’s Hands-free Law has been in effect since 2018 and prohibits drivers from having a phone in their hand or touching any part of their body while driving. Even with hands-free technology, drivers cannot write, read or send text messages, e-mails, social media content and other internet data while on the road.
For complete information on driver education and license issuance, please visit www.dds.georgia.gov. Consider using DDS Online services and save time and money without visiting in person.