Texting While Driving - Georgia Law
So, there is this new law in Georgia that states:
"No person shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, electronic mail, or Internet data."
But I think there are some obvious holes in this...
Don't get me wrong, I agree that texting and driving is dangerous and since most people can't drive well in sunny dry conditions; except for me of course; it is a smart law to make since people obviously need guidance & direction from the government that tells them how to live safely in society.
So, I have a few questions...
1) If I am stopped at a red light, not driving, not actually "operating" the motor vehicle in question, and I send or read a text, am I violating this law?
2) There are a lot of people who rely on their GPS device to guide them to their destination because they are either directionally challenged, or in a unfamiliar town. This device is usually mounted (insert Bevis & Butthead laugh here) somewhere in the car. I, however, use my google maps app on my blackberry device, also a GPS, so if I am looking at it to guide me, am I in violation of the law? And if so, how come the people who look away from their driving to watch their GPS are NOT in violation and I am?
Doesn't seem to gel with me.
So there it is. Thoughts?
"Governor Perdue has signed two new distracted driving bills into law, Senate Bill 360 and House Bill 23."
What about mothers distracted by their children in the car? Have you ever ridden in a car fpr more than 15 minutes with 3 children of any age? It can be torture...