The Governor's Office of Highway Safety has awarded $10,500 in scholarships to members of its teen advisory commission. The commissioners were appointed to the panel by Gov. Nathan Deal. They asked for harsher penalties for teens who are caught driving while sending text messages or using smartphones.
An all-teen board appointed by Georgia's governor wants harsher penalties for teens who violate the state's law that bans drivers from texting and using smartphones while on the road. Members of the Governor's Commission on Teen Driving on Monday presented recommendations to Georgia lawmakers and other road safety stakeholders.
A new report finds deaths of young teen drivers nationwide increased sharply in the first six months of last year, reversing a decade-long trend. But fewer teens died during that time period in Georgia.