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ALL GOHS BROCHURES > Distracted Driving
Cell phones and iPads to fast-food snacks and driver drowsiness, there are more than enough distractions to keep Georgia motorists from focusing on the road. New national data is showing driver inattention is a key cause in most crashes and near-crashes.
Real-world driver behavior, distraction, and crash factors about 80-percent of crashes have been caused by some form of distraction-- such as cell phone use or being tired—occurring within three seconds of the incident. A study conducted by the Virginia Tech Transportation Institute (VTTI) and the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) found drivers who frequently engage in the most distracting activities are more likely to be involved in an inattention-related crash or near-crash.
The Georgia Governor's Office of Highway Safety will continue to provide materials educating the public on distracted driving and recently passed "Hands Free Georgia Act. For more information on distracted driving in Georgia, go to:
The Hands Free Georgia Act prohibits drivers from having a phone or stand-alone electronic device in their hands or supported by any part of their body when they are driving a vehicle.
Research shows that nearly 83.6 million sleep-deprived people are in the workplace, at school and driving on the road. A drowsy driver is a dangerous driver for a variety of reasons.