Governor Nathan Deal signs hands-free driving bill into law - CBS46 News

Governor Nathan Deal signs hands-free driving bill into law

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Georgia Governor Nathan Deal toured the state on Wednesday, as he signed the distracted driving bill into law.

House Bill 684 or the distracted driving bill, which prohibits the use of cell phones or other devices while driving, will take effect on July 1.

Under the bill, drivers are only allowed to touch their cell phones to dial, receive or end a phone call and GPS navigation. Drivers would not be allowed to hold an electronic device, text, browse the internet or watch and record videos.

If convicted of violating the law, drivers would face a fine of $300 and additional points added on to their driver's license. Repeat offenders would face bigger fines.

The governor signed a portion of the bill into law inside the North Wing of the State Capitol and then traveled to Bartow County, Fannin County, Statesboro and Tifton.

He also signed HB 769, rural health care legislation, and HB 951, which promotes rural economic development and innovation.

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