Marietta hands free law

COBB COUNTY, Ga. (CBS46) Several police departments in Cobb County partnered up for an undercover operation early Tuesday, targeting drivers who are using their cellphones behind the wheel.

Georgia's Hands Free law went into effect last year. The Hands Free Traffic Operation was a partnership between Cobb, Acworth, Kennesaw and Georgia State Patrol.

Officers went undercover, posing as construction workers to catch unsuspecting drivers.

"The phone doesn't need to be in your hand," Cobb County Officer Sydney Melton told CBS46. "We want people focused one hundred percent on the roadway. This is extremely important. According to NHTSA, there were over 3,000 fatal accidents in 2017 caused by distracted driving."

It is unclear how many tickets were written Tuesday as part of this undercover sting.

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gunnygil

Still see people especially females doing this in Douglas county and even saw 1 Douglas county officer doing it while stopped at Stewart Blvd. and Hwy. 5 light about the 20th of June 2019 and just last week 11 July 2019 a Douglasville city officer doing it at Douglas Blvd and Arbor Place Mall entrance near Discount Tires. even thought about buying an air horn and blowing it out the window when I see these people violating the laws of safe highway travel. Atlanta area citizens, visitors, and even police authorities do not follow the road markings, road signs, or the laws trying to make the roads around here safer. It is as if the law does not apply to them. I have noticed on the way to the VA today that Ga. Hwy. Patrol are on the roads here more than usual and welcome their no nonsense ticketing.

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