School Bus Drivers & Texting

Georgia Code Title 20, Chapter 2 prohibits school bus drivers from using cell phones while any children are aboard, except in emergencies. Violations are punishable by the school system that employs the drivers, and those drivers are subject to termination.

Drivers under age 18 with a learner’s permit, (2yr Class D License), cannot use any wireless device when operating a vehicle on any public road, according to Senate Bill 360. The only two exceptions are, calling for help in an emergency, or the reporting of a crime. Senate Bill 360 also states that no driver, regardless of license type, may be engaged in any texting activity while operating a motor vehicle. That includes writing, sending, receiving or reading texts, instant messages or any other multimedia messages. This applies only to the driver, and only while the vehicle is in motion on a public road, not in a legally-parked vehicle.

This law is known as the ‘Caleb Sorohan Act for Saving Lives by Preventing Texting While Driving.’ Sorohan was an 18 year old high school graduate who died in a head-on crash near his home while texting on Dec. 15, 2009. Violators incur a $150 fine and one point on their driving record.

But, as Georgians, how do we feel about all this? Are we alarmed, disgusted and ready to make changes in our personal behavior, or do we really just enjoy the ‘privilege of still being able to ‘talk and drive in Georgia?’ The reality is, that we continue to drive while distracted, and therefore cause accidents, destroy property AND kill people, young and old?’ WHEN WILL WE GET IT?? WE EITHER DECIDE INDIVIDUALLY TO PUT OUR CELL PHONES DOWN, and leave them down OR WE ARE CHOOSING TO ENDANGER MANY PEOPLE, HOMES AND FAMILIES EVERY DAY. After all, wasn’t it just a few short years ago, when we all made it to work and home without being ‘connected EVERY minute?’ AND WE SURVIVED – without being a menace to our communities, neighbors and families! THINK ABOUT THAT! HOW DO YOU REALLY FEEL?