Augusta is a consolidated city-county located in Richmond County. The last US Census put Augusta’s population at 197,192 residents. That makes Augusta the second largest city in Georgia.
In 2020, Georgia had one of its deadliest years for drivers. In 2019, there were 1,502 fatalities in the state. But before the end of 2020, 1,600 people had already been killed in traffic fatalities. These crashes were largely attributed to driving while using a cell phone.
The statistics are a bit disappointing, considering Georgia enacted its hands-free law in 2018. The law makes it illegal to drive while texting or talking on a cell phone. When the law was first enacted, there was a decrease in traffic fatalities. But recently, fatality numbers have begun to rise.
Have you received a ticket for using a cell phone while driving? Hopefully, the ticket helped you realize the seriousness of driving while using a cell phone. You can possibly get the ticket dismissed by taking a defensive driving course. You’ll reacquaint yourself with the rules of the road, and learn more about Georgia’s hands-free law.