Gov. Deal signs MAG priority ‘hands-free’ bill into law

Georgia Gov. Nathan Deal signed one of the Medical Association of Georgia’s (MAG) legislative patient safety priorities into law on May 2. H.B. 673 by Rep. John Carson (R-Marietta) makes it illegal for drivers to use a cell phone on anything other than a hands-free basis. It includes an escalating schedule of fines and “points” for multiple violations. MAG Government Relations Director Derek Norton was on hand for the bill-signing ceremony. In addition to MAG’s legislative efforts, the MAG Foundation, the Medical Association of Atlanta, and the MAG Alliance are sponsoring a ‘Make Georgia Hands-Free’ campaign to reduce distracted driving in the state. Go to for information on that effort.

Photo credit: Office of Governor Nathan Deal