One Gwinnett Police Officer has Given 800 tickets for tickets for texting -mostly to people using their phones at red lights including for checking their phone’s map application so they could find out where they are going.
So here’s a weekend quiz, do you think using a map on a phone falls under this definition?
(a) As used in the Code section, the term “wireless telecommunications device” means a cellular telephone, a text messaging device, a personal digital assistant, a stand alone computer, or any other substantially similar wireless device that is used to initiate or receive a wireless communication with another person. It does not include citizens band radios, citizens band radio hybrids, commercial two-way radio communication devices, subscription based emergency communications, in-vehicle security, navigation devices, and remote diagnostics systems, or amateur or ham radio devices.
(b) No person who is 18 years of age or older or who has a Class C license shall operate a motor vehicle on any public road or highway of this state while using a wireless telecommunications device to write, send, or read any text based communication, including but not limited to a text message, instant message, e-mail, or Internet data.
That’s O.C.G.A. 40-6-241.2 (2010), if you’re curious. Does your answer hinge on whether or not you think Google Maps is “text-based”?