Georgia Legislature To Study Distracted Driving In State

The committee will look at the effect of drivers who are distracted by, for example, cellphones and other technology.
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Georgia’s House Speaker David Ralston has created a study committee to look at distracted driving in the state.

The Governor’s Office of Highway Safety says there were more than 8,500 distracted driving crashes in Georgia in 2014.

State Rep. John Carson of Marietta will chair the newly appointed study committee, which will look at the effect of drivers distracted by cellphones and other technology.

“The severity by crash — as well as how costly these are — it’s very troubling how much it’s increasing. And it’s not just increasing in cost. It’s increasing as far as taking lives of our young families and our citizens and so forth, and it needs to stop,” Carson says.

Carson says solving this problem is of interest to members on both sides of the aisle. He says the committee is made up of Democrats and Republicans from all around Georgia, not just from metro Atlanta.

The committee plans to meet later this summer, in late August or early September.

Its goal is to see whether legislation is needed to fight distracted driving in the state.

CORRECTION: An earlier version of this story misstated John Carson’s title. He is a state representative not a congressman.