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Georgia prepares for new Hands Free Law to take effect July 1

There will be no grace period for the new hands-free law in Georgia. (Source: Pixabay) There will be no grace period for the new hands-free law in Georgia. (Source: Pixabay)
GEORGIA (WTOC) -

The upcoming Hands Free Law (House Bill 673) is going see more Georgians putting down their phones and paying attention to the roads.

The law will take effect on July 1. Once in place, police will pull over drivers who are caught with a phone in their hand.

Georgia has become the 16th state to enact a Hands Free Law.

Gov. Nathan Deal signed the law into order last month in hopes of making the state's roads safer. There will be no grace period. Those with the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said by Sunday authorities will be out in full force looking for those driving with a phone in their hand.

  The Governor's Office of Highway Safety said there are still ways for drivers to legally talk on their phones.

Voice activation and blue tooth capabilities can be found in most vehicle's owner's manuals.

Although drivers are not required to buy anything, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety said there are several items that can be  purchased to help them follow the new law.

"We found this device for about $6 or $7. It plugs into your vent which is right by your radio. This item will latch onto your window, it's great for GPS," said Robert Hydrick, Communications Manager, GOHS.

The Georgia State Patrol said they've also been busy preparing by educating their troopers on the new law. It will be up to the trooper's discretion whether or not a driver receives a warning or a ticket.

For more information on the law and frequently asked questions, click here.

Several other laws will also go into effect in Georgia on July 1st. 

The state's medical marijuana program will expand to cover patients with post-traumatic stress disorder as well as intractable pain.

Victims who have received a domestic violence order in either criminal or civil court will be eligible to terminate a residential lease early without penalty starting tomorrow.

A new law will prohibit consumer credit reporting agencies from charging Georgia residents to freeze their credit report.

And county and municipal officials will have more authority to pass general noise ordinances effectively limiting the use of fireworks.

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