Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Cell Phones and Texting: Distracted Driving Laws in Georgia

distracted Georgia

Georgia defines distracted driving as anything that distracts you from operating a vehicle safety. This includes using mobile devices to surf the Internet, talk, text, or chat.

Some of these distractions include:

  • Talking to passengers
  • Eating or drinking
  • Watching a movie
  • Reading a GPS system
  • Adjusting the radio

Texting while driving is considered a distraction in Georgia and is deemed a traffic violation. Drivers of all ages are not allowed to text while behind the wheel, even with a hands free device. Drivers who are under the age of 18 are not allowed to use a cell phone at all. The only exception to this law are drivers who are parked and emergency personnel responding to emergencies.

A police officer can pull you over for texting and driving without any other reason. They can issue you a ticket, which comes with a fine.


  • $150 and one point on your license


  • Drivers who are parked may use their phones or text.
  • Emergency personnel who are responding to an incident may text and use their cell phones.

If you are driving and need to make a phone call, you can do so without any penalty as long as you are over the age of 18. There is no hands free device needed. However, texting and driving is banned for drivers of all ages. The only exceptions are listed above. If you do need to make a phone call, it is best to pull over to the side of the road because distracted driving is dangerous. In 2010, almost 10 percent of all fatal traffic accidents occurred due to distracted driving, according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration. Furthermore, if you do get in an accident and injure someone, you may be liable for the injuries you cause.

The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Skip the repair shop, our top-rated mechanics come to you.

At your home or office

Choose from 600+ repair, maintenance & diagnostic services. Our top-rated mechanics bring all parts & tools to your location.

Fair & transparent pricing

See labor & parts costs upfront, so you can book with confidence.

12-month, 12,000-mile warranty

Our services are backed by a 12-month, 12,000-mile warranty for your peace of mind.

Get A Quote

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Need Help With Your Car?

Our certified mobile mechanics make house calls in over 2,000 U.S. cities. Fast, free online quotes for your car repair.


Post a question and get free advice from our certified mechanics.


More related articles

Insurance Requirements for Car Registration in Kentucky
The Kentucky Transportation Cabinet requires that all drivers in Kentucky carry liability automotive insurance, or “financial responsibility” in order to operate a vehicle legally and maintain vehicle...
How to Get a Louisiana Driver's Permit
s licensing program. The first step in this program is to obtain...
Veteran and Military Driver Laws and Benefits in Idaho
The state of Idaho offers a number of benefits and perks for those Americans who have either served in an Armed Forces branch in the...

Related questions