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Posted on: May 31, 2018

City of Lawrenceville Police Department to Begin Enforcement of the Hands-Free Law on July 1

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LAWRENCEVILLE (GWINNETT/METRO ATLANTA) GA – May 31, 2018 – In accordance with the recently enacted Hands-Free Georgia Act, the City of Lawrenceville Police Department is issuing a notification that it will begin enforcement of the new law on July 1. The Hands-Free Georgia Act was signed by Governor Nathan Deal on May 2, 2018, and will take effect on July 1, 2018. The ‘Hands-Free Law’ prohibits drivers from having a phone in their hands or supported by any part of their body.

“We would like to encourage drivers to be prepared by reviewing the rules surrounding the Hands-Free Law,” said Tim Wallis, Chief of Police for the City of Lawrenceville. “Most of all, we urge those on the roadways to drive safely by putting their phones down while behind the wheel. It is with the safety and concern of those on Lawrenceville’s roadways that we will begin enforcing the Hands-Free Law on July 1.”

Key facts and statistics:

  • In 2017, Gwinnett reported over 1,000 collisions listing distracted driving as a
    contributing factor.
  • In 2016, Georgia reported 70+ more distracted-driver related accidents than in 2015.
  • Drivers between 15-25 years of age caused a significant number of these additional accidents.
  • The 15 other states that have passed the Hands-Free Law have seen an overall decrease of 16% in distracted-driver related accidents.

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Released: June 1, 2018

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