Know the Law!
Currently, in both Georgia and Tennessee, there are traffic laws in place that prohibit a person from typing, transmitting or reading any type of electronic text-based message while operating a car or any type of motor vehicle.
Not just limited to "texting!"
These laws can also encompass activities such as emailing and instant messaging. As a rule of thumb, if the activity involves typing or reading text on a cellular or electronic device, it is against the law in Tennessee and Georgia.
What about talking on the phone?
Although there are currently no laws that prohibit talking on the phone while operating a car or motor vehicle in Georgia or Tennessee, there are "distracted driving" laws in both states. This means that the activity itself (talking on the phone, etc.) is not against the law, but if the action lessens or influences your ability to safely operate a car or motor vehicle, a police officer can still write you a citation for not focusing your attention on driving. Distracted driving laws can also include activities such as:
- Looking for Personal Items in Your Car