New laws targeting teens and distracted driving go into effect July 1. No more texting behind the wheel. Teens with provisional licenses can’t use a cell phone at all. Governor Perdue signed SB 360, better known as “Caleb’s Law”, Friday, despite reservations about how it’s going to be enforced. And the law isn’t just for teens. Police will be on the lookout for any driver reading, writing or sending emails.
SB360 is named after a Dahlonega teen who crashed and died while texting and driving last December.
WSAV reports teen drivers caught texting or talking on the phone face a $150 fine, which doubles if they have an accident. Despite reservations about how “Caleb’s Law” will be enforced, Gov. Perdue states in a press release that “We need to do everything possible to focus young drivers on the road ahead.” The Atlanta Journal Constitution says the legislature plans to revisit the texting law next year to clarify parts of it.