Fri., June 4, 2010 4:16pm (EDT)

Texting Bills Signed
By Associated Press
Updated: 4 years ago

ATLANTA  —  
Gov. Perdue signed bills banning texting while driving, and legislation prohibiting teen cell phone use behind the wheel.
Gov. Perdue signed bills banning texting while driving, and legislation prohibiting teen cell phone use behind the wheel.
Georgia drivers soon won't be allowed to text while driving and teens will be prohibited from using their cell


phones while behind the wheel.

Governor Sonny Perdue signed two new laws on Friday targeting dangerous driving habits that have led to fatal wrecks across the state.

He had hinted that he would veto the bill for adults but said Friday he agreed to sign it only after lawmakers promised to fix problems in the legislation next year. Perdue said he is concerned the current language could lead to more drivers being charged with vehicular homicide and would put too much of a burden on police to enforce.

Under the laws, which take effect July 1st, a violation leads to a $150 fine and one point on the driver's license.