Some traffic laws are common sense and some we don't even know exist. But it's important to know and follow all of them. Here are some of the most important laws to keep in mind while on the road.
"Click it or ticket" isn't just a fun little rhyme. It's now a national campaign aimed at young adults to put on the seatbelt every time they get in the car. It's proven that seatbelts protect you from being ejected in the event of an accident. And patrol officers are in charge of making sure you buckle up.
Before 1984, there were no mandatory seat belt laws, although there were many programs in place to encourage their use. New York became the first state to enforce seat belt compliance and the rest of the country followed suit soon after. Up until the beginning of the "Click it" campaign, officers were only allowed to give seatbelt violations if they saw another traffic violation before the seatbelt. Now, law enforcers can stop a driver solely for a seatbelt offense.
Buckle up, not only to avoid a pesky fine but it could just save your life.
Drive Sober or Get Pulled Over
Being impaired by alcohol while driving is a huge hazard. Your reaction time lags and makes you more reckless as a driver. In Georgia, because of Zero Tolerance laws, you will get arrested if you're pulled over and have a blood alcohol level of over .08, the legal limit.
If you are are under age or driving a commercial vehicle, the blood alcohol content for determining impaired driving becomes such a small amount that almost any alcohol in your system could trigger an arrest. Driving while intoxicated or driving under the influence is one charge that stays on your record for the rest of your life.
Designate a sober driver if you know you'll be drinking. Don't think you will be able to handle driving. You could harm yourself and many others in that act. Call a cab if necessary. Avoid a DUI by simply putting the keys away.
Distracted driving is becoming more and more of a problem, and with the cell phone riding shotgun, many people have trouble leaving it there. Picking up your phone and scrolling through messages or apps takes your eyes off the road for nearly 5 seconds.That's some serious time away from the road!
Under Georgia law, adults over 18 are prohibited from texting while driving and anyone under 18 is prohibited from any cell phone use at all. Hands free devices are encouraged if you *must* make a call.
If you have passengers, designate someone to be in charge of your device or just put it away until you reach your destination. Most phone calls or text messages aren't as important as your attention on the road is. Don't gamble when safety is on the line.
Driving should be your focus when out on the road; all the other things can wait. Safety should be your main priority while in your vehicle. Follow the laws in the state you're in and watch for other factors that may affect the way you drive.
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