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Local drivers preparing to go 'hands free'

Local drivers are preparing for the upcoming hands free driving law.Photo: Kailey McCarthy

The state's hands free driving law is just two weeks away from going into affect.

According to the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, you can still talk on the phone while driving.

Although, the phone cannot be in your hands or touching any part of your body.

Recommendations include checking your vehicle's owner guide to see if you can cannot your phone to your car's radio Bluetooth system.

You can also connect your phone to your electronic watch or, place it in a phone mount somewhere on the dash.

Safety is the number one priority for the Governor's Highway Team.

"It's just second nature to pick up your phone when you're driving and talk on it when somebody calls you and now, you can't do that. What we want people to know is if they want to talk on their telephone while driving, they have to do it as safely and as reasonably as possible," said Communications Manager Robert Hydrick.

There will not be a 90 day grace period and citations will be issued as early as July 1st.

FOX 31 spoke with local drivers who say they're prepping to go hands free in different ways.

While drivers are using different strategies they all agree, using your phone while driving is never okay.

Worth County resident Mark Willis drives around 1,800 miles a week for work.

He's tired of seeing people using their cell phones behind the wheel.

"Majority of people, when they pass you, you see a lot of people on their phones, on i-pads texting you know, talking, pre-occupied," said Willis.

For that reason, Willis recently purchased an ear piece so that he can safely talk on the phone while paying attention to the road.

Lee County resident Steve Moye agrees and says he's opted to use his vehicle's Bluetooth technology to answer the phone.

"If I get a call, I don't have to touch it or pick it up. It answers for me and then when it hangs up, it's hung up and I don't ever have to touch it," said Moye.

Camilla resident Jeffrey Gardner says he too recently purchased hands-free technology to prepare for the new law.

"Well I've just bought my headset last week so I've been keeping up with everything," said Gardner.

Gardner says, the investment was worth it.

"It's a small investment price compared to the tickets your going to get. The more tickets you get, the price is going to go up and it's going to get you points on your license so, it's better to be safe," said Gardner.

Mitchell County resident Amanda McMillan has opted away from using Bluetooth technology. Instead, she's planning on handling phone calls the old fashioned way.

"I keep my phone in my purse the whole time until I stop and then I check it and if I need to make a call, I make a call," said McMillan.

She says the solution is simple.

"Don't check your phone while you're driving," said McMillan.

If you have any questions about the hands free law, you can visit www.HeadsUpGeorgia.com and click on the tab that says Hands Free Law.

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