Checkpoint focuses on seat belts, new hands-free law

By: Noelani Mathews | WCTV Eyewitness News
June 13, 2018

THOMASVILLE, Ga. (WCTV) -- Thomasville police officers were catching drivers at the intersection of Craword and Monroe Streets on Tuesday, but not for what you might think.

They were saying "thank you."

It's their 'Thank You' Initiative to check for seat belts, but that afternoon, they were also educating residents about a new Georgia law. It's one that enforces all hands-free electronic device use while driving, starting the first of July.

"That's the biggest thing. Try to save lives. Protect property and save lives. That's our whole objective here," says Maj. Wade Glover with TPD.

Officers are passing out flyers showing the new rules and exceptions of the hands-free law.

One rule says that drivers can pull out their phones if lawfully parked, but that doesn't include cars stopped at traffic signals. There are also a list of exceptions, such as calls for medical emergencies.

TPD says the first offense is $50. After, the fine will continue to increase.

To learn more about the law, click here.

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