DeKalb County, GA to fine crashing cellphone-talking drivers

Posted by Humphrey Cheung

A county in Georgia has enacted a law that will fine drivers who crash, while talking on cellphones, up to $500. The DeKalb County law punishes drivers who are in a collision involving "death, injury or damage" and is the first of its kind in the state and one of the first in the nation.

Several states and large cities have banned handheld cellphones while driving. Three states including New York, New Jersey and Connecticut ban phones along with Washington D.C. and Chicago city.

The law passed 5 to 1 with the single "No" vote coming because the County Commissioner Elaine Boyer was absent from the voting session. Only unincorporated county areas are affected.